Princess Madeleine borrows a page (or two) from Will and Kate's photo album

EXHIBIT NUMBER 1: The tight hug pose with Chris-Madeleine, left, and Will-Kate. (Kungahuset.se/Getty Images)

Hey, it worked for Will and Kate ... why not some Swedish royals as well?

Princess Madeleine, obviously taking a page from the British royal engagement book, released her official engagement photos this week with her betrothed, Chris O'Neil. There is no mistaking that haven't-we-seen-this-before feeling.

The Daily Mail was quick to pick up on the similarities, running the opposing photos with a headline: "A right royal rip off?"

The Prince William-Kate Middleton engagement photos were taken in late 2010 by Mario Testino. Princess Madeleine, 30, and O'Neill, 38, had their official photos taken by Patrick Demarchelier of France.

The poses are almost identical, right down to the placement of hands and style of dress. Kate and Madeleine could even pass as sisters. (Not so much for Chris and Will -- one of them has quite a full head of hair.)

The Swedish engagement was announced last week, with Queen Silva describing O'Neill as "every mother-in-law's dream."

O'Neil and Madeleine have been dating since January 2011. They met in New York, where O'Neill is a partner at Noster Capital and where Madeleine had been living after calling off her engagement to Swedish lawyer Jonas Bergstrom in April 2010. At the time, the rumours swirled that Bergstrom had cheated on his royal bride-to-be.

Then, along came O'Neill, whom Madeleine met through mutual friends in the Big Apple.

Madeleine is the youngest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silva, and fourth in line for the throne. In New York, she had been working for World Childhood Foundation.

It's expected O'Neill and the princess will be married sometime next year in Stockholm.

EXHIBIT NUMBER 2: In a Palace room, semi-formal, affectionate touching. Both couples seem to take direction very well. (Kungahuset.se/Getty Images)

That's Dr. Prince Philip, please

The Duke of Edinburgh went into the history books once again this week, becoming, at age 91, the oldest British royal to be given an honourary doctorate.

At Plymouth University, he was awarded a degree in marine science at a private ceremony and couldn't resist making a crack:

"I'm delighted to have this. It's now quite a long time since I started my university career. But, unlike most people, I started at the wrong end.

"I became Chancellor of the University of Wales in 1947 and been going downhill ever since."

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Queen Elizabeth receives applause following the playing of the national anthem prior to meeting members of the cast and crew as the Queen and Prince Philip attend a Gala Jubilee celebration at the Royal Opera House in London on Oct. 30. The monarch is wearing a metallic silver dress by Angela Kelly. (AFP/Getty Images)



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Kate Middleton adds life to the pictures above. She is the most gorgeous royal princess in the whole world. Second best would be Lalla Salma of Morocco.

No one else even comes close to the aforementioned royal ladies of our times.


Right. Because no couple posed like that before Will and Kate did it.

There are so many poses a couple can do.

They're not even the same photo and even if they were, it's a common pose that's been used a hundred million times before Will and Kate and will be used a hundred million times after.

It is a bit sad really, that the Swedish royal couple is too afraid to do something different. This seems to be very common in our world today. We all walk around looking more or less like copies of each other. So boring and unpersonal. I wish people would dare to be more personal and have their own signature style, like Lady Gaga, except less extreme. I am still very happy for Madde, she deserves to finally be happy, after her last cheating idiot of a boyfriend! Grattis prinsessan Madeleine och prins Chris! Vi ser fram emot bröllopet!

wedding pictures are all the same! royalty or not.

Hmm badly researched and wrong reasoning.
Most photographers stage the pictures. So it's not so much the couples decision. Also if it was theirs then they took a page out of my family album ... and my friends and their parents .. so get over it .. only so many ways you can pose with a loved one for a picture. :)

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