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Diana, Princess of Wales, smiles as she arrives at the Tate Gallery in London in this Tuesday July 1, 1997 file photo. / Princess Diana appears on the cover of Newsweek. - Provided courtesy of AP Photo / Jacqueline Arzt / Newsweek / R. Mutt Studios

Princess Diana Newsweek cover with Kate Middleton: Tacky or tasteful? (poll)

06/29/2011 by Olivia Allin

Princess Diana appears on the cover of Newsweek, digitally aged and Photoshopped next to her would-be daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, which has caused some controversy.

The deceased princess would have celebrated her 50th birthday on Friday and the magazine's "Diana at 50" cover story imagines what the princess would be like today, if she hadn't died in a tragic car accident in 1997.

The article's introductory paragraph sums up the story, "Diana at 50: Chilling with the Middletons. Tweeting from Davos. And still the people's princess. If not for that tragic night, what her life might look like now."

In the article, Brown wrote that Diana probably would have moved to New York, gotten Botox and would be writing about her daily life to some 10 million Twitter followers.

"Diana would have been 50 this month," Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown wrote. "What would she have been like? Still great-looking: that's a given."

"Some people think it's kind of spooky and 'Should we have done it?' and others think it's very effective," Brown said on Wednesday's "Morning Joe" talk show on MSNBC, the Washington Post reports. "I think it's a very intriguing package to show what she'd be like today."

Brown said that she felt the photo was the "best way to communicate the idea behind her imaginative piece" and "wanted to make her a time traveler."

Brown also penned the princess' biography, "The Diana Chronicles," in 2007, on the 10th anniversary of her death. The magazine editor rose to fame as the editor-in-chief of the British magazine Tatler. She went on the revive Vanity Fair magazine and edit The New Yorker, before taking over as the editor-in-chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast website.

Diana's son Prince William and his new wife Kate Middleton, also known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, got married in London on April 29 in a ceremony watched by millions of people around the world, including more than 22 million viewers in the United States.

Earlier this month, the two honeymooned in Seychelles, an archipelago on the Indian Ocean.

The couple will embark on their first North American trip as a royal couple next month. They will tour Canada from June 30 to July 8, with stops in Ottawa, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec City and Calgary, Alberta. On July 8, William and Kate will fly to Los Angeles and are expected to depart on July 10.

Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle visited the royal couple and the Queen, William's grandmother, at Buckingham Palace in London (see photos).

Do you think Newsweek's cover is tacky or tasteful? Vote in our poll.

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