As Kate Middleton turns 36, she's beginning to channel more and more of the much-loved Princess Diana

Since the start of her marriage to Prince William, Kate Middleton has been compared to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana. However, we think she has never looked more like the beloved royal as she does right now.  

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs from the 'Magic Mums' community Christmas party held at Rugby Portobello Trust on December 12, 2017 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Kate has just turned 36, and the growth of her stature as a member of the royal family has been tremendous. She was once simply the girlfriend of Prince William, whose "questionable" past was dug up by the paparazzi and flung at us.

She then went on to become a "dutiful wife" and royal family member. Now, she has a new member joining her family soon, and the responsibility of guiding Meghan Markle (who is a few months older) through the minefield of royal pomp and etiquette.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene (Getty Images)

We love her as the doting mother to the adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and the British public have come to love her almost as much as they loved Diana. 

Here is a side-by-side look at Kate and Diana in their various roles as members of the royal family: 

Engagement announcement photo

Engagement announcement photos of Prince Charles - Princess Diana (L) and Prince William-Duchess Kate (Twitter)

On their wedding day

(L)  Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day (R) Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton on their wedding day (Twitter/Getty Images)

Wearing their tiaras

(L) Princess Diana (R) Kate Middleton (Twitter)

Greeting their fans

(L) Princess Diana greets her fans (R) Kate Middleton greets her fans (Twitter/Getty Images)

First photos with firstborns 

Both generations of royal couples introduce their firstborn to the world. Princess Diana with Prince William (L) and Kate Middleton with Prince George (R)

Charitable acts

Princess Diana was known for her charitable personality and philanthropic work. Her sons and Kate have persevered to keep the tradition alive in the royal family (Twitter/Getty Images)

After the birth of their second children 

Both generations of royal couples pose with their respective second children outside the hospital they had given birth in. Princess Diana with Prince Harry(L) and Kate Middleton with Princess Charlotte (R)

At formal events with family

(L) Prince William, Princess Diana and Prince Harry at a royal event (R) Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince George at a royal event (Twitter/Getty Images)

Playful moments with the kids

(L) Prince William, Princess Diana and Prince Harry (R) Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince George (Twitter/Getty Images)

Diana was 36, when she tragically died in a car crash in 1997. Kate, on the other hand, is going to be a mother for the third time at 36. 

A new member is soon going to join William and Kate's picture-perfect family (Getty Images)

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