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Duchess shows off new hairstyle

At a gallery opening at London's Natural History Museum all eyes are on the Duchess of Cambridge and her retro-inspired hair.

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It's not the kind of haircut your boyfriend will notice. ("You look different. Is that a new dress?") But it's enough to set onlookers-in-the-know into overdrive: the Duchess of Cambridge has a new hairstyle.

As much as many hoped for something more radical, true to form, the brunette mane remains conservatively demure, ladylike and strictly Middleton-esque.

Overall, I really like the feeling of it. Kate is blessed with beautiful hair and we know she loves her locks, so I like that she hasn’t done anything too drastic 

While the 30-year-old's long-overdue change, unveiled at the opening of the Treasures Gallery at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday, may lack drama, the usual tumbling curtain has been given a heavy fringe. The colour appears more tonal and layers have been added to lighten up the look.

Cut above the rest ...  ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has a new hairstyle.

Cut above the rest ... ... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has a new hairstyle. Photo: Reuters

Paired with her emerald silk Mulberry dress - complete with peace motifs and a tightly buttoned collar - the look is altogether retro, a touch Farrah Fawcett, a smidgen Jemima Khan.

As to its reception, the jury's out - a quick straw poll is divided. One colleague said it's "a bit play teacher, a bit Diana, even". Another said it is retro in a daring way. A friend added that it "seems to add weight to Catherine's face".

Sydney stylist Brad Ngata, of Brad Ngata Hair Direction salons, is impressed with the look, subtle as it may be.

Catherine in the same dress at a Jubilee function in November 2011, left, and, right, on Tuesday at the Natural History Museum.

Catherine in the same dress at a Jubilee function in November 2011, left, and, right, on Tuesday at the Natural History Museum. Photo: Getty Images

“Kate's hair is more of a tweak than major change, with some nice soft layers, a part that’s more in the middle and a colour refresh.

"Overall, I really like the feeling of it. Kate is blessed with beautiful hair and we know she loves her locks, so I like that she hasn’t done anything too drastic. I love the 'Princess' blowdry and it looks healthy, shiny and warm.”

The major litmus test of any hairstyle is its uptake. We all remember the Rachael, the Farrah Flick and the Posh.  Will 'the new Kate' become the latest look du jour?

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The Duchess of Cambridge's new hairstyle

The Duchess of Cambridge's new hairstyle 

"There is a bit of a '70s movement happening in fashion at the moment and this cut is a fresh take on it without being a total slave to trends", says Ngata. "Kate’s hairstyle has been a favoured style for women all over the world – so I would expect there will be some die hard fans who run straight to their hairdressers. It will be quite a simple one to copy if you already had 'the Kate' and even still if not.

"It’s really just a few simple layers and a different way of styling it. Sometimes a small change is all a style needs to completely change it.”

It's no bob, but it makes for a refreshing break from the style we have all come to know so well, even if William, and most men, may not notice any difference whatsoever.

80 comments

  • You left out the most important option in the poll - "WHO CARES?".

    Commenter
    WhoCares
    Date and time
    November 28, 2012, 12:55PM
    • I care!! :-p

      Commenter
      daffyrocks1
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 1:06PM
    • Absolutely. She's a nobody. A zilch. A nil.

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      Doctorphil
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 1:12PM
    • @WhoCares you obviously took the time to click on the story and to vote in the poll....

      Commenter
      Lily
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 1:21PM
    • ZOMG!

      "Woman who marries 12th cousin changes hairstyle!"

      This is front page stuff!

      Commenter
      lulz
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 1:26PM
    • Couldn't agree more - I looked for that option too. I can't believe someone would write an entire article about some nobody who has achieved nothing and never will, changing her bloody hair style! What could be more vacuous?

      Commenter
      Blueyes
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 1:48PM
    • Um, those knocking the DofC apparently with an almost automatic 'computer says no' reflex, like a bureaucrat on Mogadon, it is news and a lot of people would be interested.

      After the paparazzi scandal about those photos, thankfully the editor responsible walked the plank; I am taking more of an interest than I did before. I am a bloke ('see that Bears game last week?'- (acknowledgements to Steve Martin and John Candy) - but it is stating the obvious the young lass is a stunning woman.

      Yes, being the DofC and having a bottomless pit of money and retainers sort of helps...but those pointing that out are so boring and predictable and miss the point - she is now public property in her official capacity, she is a part of the monarchical and Commonwealth machinery, so to speak, so she has to look groomed to perfection, apart from anything else so those who can only make a living by tearing others down don't start hyperventilating and spewing bile.

      Here's a suggestion, go for a jog, look at something pleasant, come back, and try and say something remotely engaging.

      Commenter
      Hans von Schlappenplanker
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 1:51PM
    • I would have voted "I don't care" if there was that option.

      Commenter
      SomeBloke
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 1:53PM
    • She has more class than any of you haters ever will
      jeez you bogans should listen to how stupid you sound

      Commenter
      Billy Boy
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 2:10PM
    • @ WhoCares, @ Doctorphil, @ Blueeyses, @ Somebloke....actually, you all do care, that's why you read the article and then commented. If you really did not care you would've simply not read the article. Simple.

      Commenter
      Black Palm
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 2:16PM

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