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Newsweek cover imagines Princess Diana at 50

In this magazine cover image released by Newsweek, a computer-generated image of Princess Diana is shown with Kate Middleton on the cover of the July 4, 2011 issue of Newsweek magazine. Diana was killed in a car accident in 1997 and would have turned 50 on Friday. In April, Middleton married Prince William, the oldest son of Diana and Prince Charles. (Newsweek)

June 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The latest issue of Newsweek has many people taking a double-take - it shows the late Princess Diana walking alongside Kate Middleton.

The computer-generated image shows what Princess Diana might have looked like today.

The article inside was written by Diana biographer and Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown. The piece imagines what Diana would have been like now.

"What would she have been like?" Brown writes of Diana, who would have turned 50 on Friday, nearly 14 years after her death in a Paris car crash. "Still great-looking: that's a given."

Several publications including the Los Angeles Times and Atlantic Wire questioned the controversial magazine cover.

Brown defended her decision, saying in a statement Tuesday that she "wanted to bring the memory of Diana alive in a vivid image that transcends time and reflects my piece."

The magazine's new issue also features an imagined Diana Facebook page and a slideshow comparing the fashion styles of Diana and Middleton, who married Diana's oldest child, Prince William, in April.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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