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Forget ballgowns and tiaras! These royals win gold for their most fashion-forward activewear looks

Princess Diana was ahead of the athleisure times.

By Faye Couros
There's an old French fashion saying that says activewear shouldn't be worn outside of sport and gym settings. But these days, athleisure wear is worn everywhere from brunch to shopping trips.
Royal women have also allowed activewear to seep into their restrictive wardrobes, and they've served some incredibly cool and achievable looks worth taking inspiration from.
Just take a look at Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a recent engagement with British tennis champ Emma Raducanu - her activewear style couldn't be more chic!
A round of applause should also be dedicated to Princess Diana and her iconic oversized jumpers styled with bike shorts.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge shares a laugh with British tennis champ Emma Raducanu. (Getty)
The world didn't know in the 90s how much her looks would explode in the early 2020s as one of its biggest breakout trends, loved by the Kardashians, Gen Zers, and Millennials.
While we couldn't foresee Diana's genius, we have always known the royals have a long-standing love of sports.
Marie Claire reported that Diana was keen on exercising for "at least three 30-minute sessions of vigorous exercise per week."
"When possible, she began her day with a morning swim or attend to her children's needs. If she had no time to swim, she'd fit in a bit of stretching before breakfast."
Duchess Catherine is also known for her athletic excellence - during her high school years she ran cross country, swam, played tennis and field hockey, and was a keen rower in her twenties.
She also fittingly made her public debut as Prince William's girlfriend in 2004 on a ski trip in Switzerland.
Now, for some royal fashion inspo that you can actually buy for your wardrobe, here are the best dupes for your favourite royal athleisure looks.

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