Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Photo: Royal Flashback

Prince William with Catherine Middleton (left) and Prince Charles with Princess Diana

Copyright 2010 Mario Testino;AP

updated 12/12/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 12/13/2010 AT 12:30 PM ET

Call it royal double-take: two blushing brides, two grinning grooms and one stunning sapphire engagement ring.

With the new release of two official portraits of Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton, it’s easy to draw comparisons with pictures William’s parents, Charles and Diana, who became engaged in 1981.

An invitation photo shows a smiling Lady Diana Spencer, then just 19 years old, her arms wrapped around Prince Charles, then 33, and her diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring on prominent display. They show the same sort of embrace as this generation’s royal couple, William and Kate.


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