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If there was ever any doubt, StyleList readers have made it official: They've voted the late Princess Diana more stylish than Great Britain's princess-to-be Kate Middleton.

But it was close, with only eight percentage points separating the two.

Despite the ladies' shared love of tailored coats, bodacious hats and bold knack for donning controversial black frocks for special occasions, our readers gave the title of style sovereign to the late princess, considered the fashion icon of her day.

StyleList readers seem to share the view that the 29-year-old queen-to-be Middleton, who will wed heir-to-the-throne Prince William on April 29, is still playing it safe in the fashion department.

Princess Diana received 54 percent of the votes from readers asked "Who is More Stylish" after viewing our side-by-side comparisons of the ladies strikingly similar fashion choices. Middleton, or the future Princess Catherine, received 46 percent of the vote.

For some, the outcome was never in doubt: "Diana, hands down. She was incredible," one reader wrote.

Still, some of our readers celebrated Middleton's pared-down, casually-elegant style and suggested it's impossible to compare two women raised in such disparate fashion eras.

As one voter on team Middleton opined: "Kate's casual ensembles in particular appeal to me more. [Her] clothes fit her better and I like the idea that she apparently makes her mind about what she wears."

Middleton famously shops her own closet for some important occasions and has shown people's princess flair by wearing frocks from some of the UK's better retailers and up-and-coming designers during her royal transition.

The late Princess Diana was a slightly frumpy kindergarten teacher when she became officially engaged to Prince Charles in the winter of 1981. Despite the excess of her iconic puff ball David and Elizabeth Emanuel wedding dress, she transformed into a trendsetter known for her patronage of major British designers.

Of course, the two women had plenty in common, including their love of Prince William. The future king poignantly presented his bride-to-be with his late mother's diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring.

Meanwhile, rumor has it that one of Princess Diana's favorite designers, Bruce Oldfield, may play some role in dressing the bride or her family.