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Grace Kelly continues to inspire royals in Europe – from Britain to Sweden

It’s common knowledge among royal fans that Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding dress was hugely influenced by Grace Kelly’s dress decades earlier. Both dresses were long-sleeved and covered in lace. But another royal was inspired by Grace – and Kate. Who is she?

Grace Kelly was a fashion icon, so it’s no surprise that her choice of wedding dress continues to inspire the royal family today.

After Kate married William in 2011, where she wore a long-sleeved lace dress by Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton, a dress similar to this design came up time and time again.

Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer was even inspired by Grace and Kate last year, when she married millionaire fashion mogul Michael Lewis in a lavish ceremony in Italy.

Kitty’s dress had a high neck, long sleeves and was covered in thick lace – like Grace’s in 1956.

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However, there is another lesser-known royal whose wedding dress was also inspired by Grace and Kate.

Princess Sofia of Sweden married Prince Carl Philip in June 2015 in the Chapel Royal at Stockholm Palace.

For the occasion, Sofia donned a long-sleeved dress adorned with couture lace crafted by Spanish textile designer José María Ruiz.

Designed by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt, the dress featured a V-neckline with scalloped lace edges, an A-line skirt and a long hand-sewn train.

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The v-neckline and long lace-up sleeves were similar to the design of Kate’s dress, as well as Grace’s.

The fact that the dress is covered in lace also drew comparison to Kate and Grace’s dresses.

Sofia finished the look with a wedding veil, held in place by a silver tiara adorned with impressive emerald stones.

Her earrings were delicate diamond drops and she carried a bouquet of peach-colored roses.

Grace was a style icon even before she became a princess – her best fashion moments include when she won her Oscar in 1954, wearing an ice blue satin dress designed by Edith Head.

“She was originally known for her Hollywood calling card of bucking the trend and wearing white gloves on the red carpet while her peers preferred more opulent glamour,” Miranda continued.

“Grace has forged relationships with Parisian design houses such as Balenciaga, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.

“Her favorite was Dior’s sleek, clean lines, which were very fashionable and complemented her petite figure perfectly.

“Princess Grace of Monaco also made eyewear fashionable, known as a member of the ‘sunglasses set’ with Brigitte Bardot and Jaqueline Kennedy, inspiring women around the world to follow suit.”

Grace’s Parisian style, consisting of “stark white shirts, dressed in a single color from head to toe, a neat feminine fit and flared dresses with a nipped waist, kitten heels and more “, are the fashion trends that royal fans will have seen Kate and other young royal women wearing today.