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See the Difference Between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s Engagement Photo Dresses 

Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty; Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images

It’s official: Meghan Markle is living a fairytale — especially in her engagement photos with her fiancé Prince Harry which were released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, December 21. The first thing we did? Swoon. The second: we noticed how drastically different Markle’s look was from the photos released for the same occasion by her soon-to-be sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

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Markle’s look for the truly dreamy photos taken by Alexi Lubomirski is markedly more glam, and (dare we say it?) sultrier than Middleton’s 2011 outfit. We’ll break it down for you: the royal-to-be posed with her future hubby while wearing a black Ralph and Russo gown (worth $75,000) with a full tulle skirt and sheer, silver beaded bodice with long sleeves. In a separate photo, Markle topped the stunning gown with a cream Victoria Beckham sweater. Our takeaway: The former actress is living her princess dreams — and ours too!

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Prince William and Kate Middleton
Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty; Alexi Lubomirski via Kensington Palace/Instagram

Middleton’s ensemble for her engagement photo shoot (with Mario Testino, nbd), was decidedly more prim. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cream Reiss shift dress with a ruffled detail for her newly-betrothed moment, sparking such a craze for the modest number that the label re-released the dress in later collections to accommodate immense demand for her frock!

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These differences were also echoed in their first royal outing ensembles, with Markle going for sleek and modern separates and Middleton opting for a feminine and demure dress coat with prim accessories.

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The one continuity between the two royally-betrothed ladies? Their glossy, bouncy blowouts. While Markle may be opting for edgier twists on classic styles, Middleton reaches for timeless pieces — but we can rely on both of them for inspiration for a smooth a chic blowout.

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