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Posted at 1:29 AM ET, 01/ 1/2011

Princess Diana's role in the wedding?

By Autumn Brewington

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With Kate Middleton's 29th birthday just days away, we're looking forward to lots of good royal-wedding stories to start off the new year.

After the engagement was announced, and with it the fact that Prince William had given Kate his mother's engagement ring -- the prince said that day, "It was my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together" -- some (notably Richard Kay, a journalist Princess Diana was known to have confided in) speculated on whether the shadow of Diana would hang over the wedding.

of the two women's styles are not uncommon, but the consensus has seemed to be that Diana, who was 19 when she became engaged to a prince she had interacted with on relatively few occasions, and 28-year-old Kate, who had dated William for years, are different women with different relationships -- and that this is William and Kate's wedding, so the focus should stay on them.

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Interesting then that longtime Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward writes in her January letter to readers, "Although the finer details of the wedding are still open to a huge amount of conjecture, I wouldn't be surprised to see more of Diana coming through in the choice of music and hymns." She also noted, "I don't think Kate will find this daunting or strange; after eight years, she must know William better than anyone else and understand his deepest feelings."

By Autumn Brewington  | January 1, 2011; 1:29 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William, Royal family  
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