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Posted:  |  Updated: 09/15/12 02:50 PM ET

Kate Middleton's Headscarf Recalls Princess Diana Circa 1996: Fashion Flashback (PHOTOS)

Kate Middleton may the most famous royal in the world (and today, certainly the most Googled). But this morning, when she stepped in front of the flashbulbs at Malaysia's Assyakirin Mosque, there was another princess on everyone's minds: Diana.

The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince William in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the second country on their nine-day royal tour of Southeast Asia. The first event of the day was a visit to the Assyakirin Mosque, the first Muslim place of worship Will or Kate has ever visited.

Out of respect for tradition, both the duke and duchess ditched their shoes (allowing us to see the L.K. Bennett label on Kate's ubiquitous nude pumps). Kate also donned a light, white headscarf that wrapped gracefully around her head and neck.

Catherine smiled for the camera, looking utterly comfortable in the new style. And yet it stuck a nostalgic cord for many who saw the photos later: from Grazia to the Daily Mail, many were immediately reminded of when Princess Diana sported similar headscarves in Pakistan in 1996 and Egypt in 1992.

Back in 1996, while appearing at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, Diana paired her delicate white headscarf with a flowing, button-up jacket and pants. Today in Kuala Lumpur, the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a white headscarf with a swingy, button-up style dress by Beulah London.

So for today's Fashion Flashback, take a look back at Princess Diana in 1996 and the woman who would marry her son in 2012. It kind of gives us the chills -- in a good way.

PHOTOS:

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Recall Diana's sophisticated style:

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  • 1969

  • 1971

  • September 1980

  • January 1981

  • March 1981

  • May 1981

    With Prince Charles at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate. (Tim Graham/Getty photo)

  • June 1981

  • July 1981

  • December 1982

  • July 1981

    Posing for pictures on her wedding day. (Lichfield/Getty photo)

  • July 1981

    More wedding pictures! (AP photos)

  • November 1982

    At a banquet at the Guildhall in London. (Anwar Hussein/WireImage photos)

  • March 1983

  • June 1983

  • May 1985

  • July 1985

    At the premiere of "A View to a Kill" in London. (Tom Wargacki/WireImage photos)

  • October 1985

  • October 1985

  • November 1985

    Wearing a Victor Edelstein gown to a White House State Dinner in Washington, DC. (Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty photos)

  • December 1985

  • January 1986

  • July 1986

  • December 1986

  • May 1987

  • January 1988

  • November 1988

  • March 1989

  • April 1989

  • August 1990

  • December 1990

  • September 1990

  • April 1990

  • July 1990

    Leaving Cirencester Hospital in England after Prince Charles broke his arm during a polo match. (AP photo)

  • July 1991

  • May 1992

  • September 1991

  • April 1991

  • February 1992

  • April 1992

  • January 1993

    At Indian Castle Beach. (Getty photo)

  • June 1994

    At the Serpentine Gallery in London, wearing a dress by Christina Stambolian. (Jayne Fincher/Getty photos)

  • June 1995

  • August 1995

    Sitting with Prince Harry during V-J Day celebrations in London. (AP photos)

  • November 1995

    Meeting with Argentinian president Carlos Menem in Buenos Aires. (AP photos)

  • June 1995

  • September 1996

    Arriving at a cancer research benefit in Washington, DC. (AP photos)

  • December 1996

    Walking through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to attend the Costume Institute Gala. (AP photos)

  • March 1996

  • June 1996

  • July 1996

  • January 1997

    On a British Red Cross mission to highlight the evil of land mines in Luanda. (Getty photo)

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