Prince William and Kate Middleton's Photo: Royal Flashback

Royal Engagement Photos: Prince William, Kate Middleton's Flashback
Prince William with Catherine Middleton (left) and Prince Charles with Princess Diana
Copyright 2010 Mario Testino; AP

12/13/2010 AT 12:30 PM EST

Call it royal double-take: two blushing brides, two grinning grooms and one stunning sapphire engagement ring.

With the new release of two official portraits of Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton, it's easy to draw comparisons with pictures William's parents, Charles and Diana, who became engaged in 1981.

An invitation photo shows a smiling Lady Diana Spencer, then just 19 years old, her arms wrapped around Prince Charles, then 33, and her diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring on prominent display. They show the same sort of embrace as this generation's royal couple, William and Kate.

The new photo, taken by noted fashion and celebrity photographer Mario Testino, along with a more formal portrait, features a relaxed-looking William, 28, and Kate, 28, in a cozy embrace – with the very same sparkling sapphire engagement ring again in the spotlight.

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