Look, the royal family has certain expectations — just ask Meghan Markle. So, someone like Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, doesn’t have the same freedom when it comes to her hair cut, color, and style as certain celebs, who can dye their hair quarantine-blue one day, then debut a brand-new blonde a week later. Kate Middleton’s hair lives by a strict code — and yet, the Duchess’ brunette mane has become a source of admiration for many fans. Over her years as a royal, Kate’s signature waves, intricate updos, and subtle highlights have been the subject of hair envy Pinterest boards everywhere — and who else remembers the shock waves when she dipped her toe in the blonde pool? Kate Middleton’s hair over the years always stuns, whether it’s a sporty ponytail or glossy curls. And we’re taking you on her hair journey right now.
Kate most recently made headlines with her head of hair on an appearance on BBC Breakfast, where she showed off dirty blonde or “bronde” highlights just in time for summer. While this isn’t the first time the Duchess has lightened her hair for the season, this year’s style is an especially light golden hue, accented by a center part and freshly layered hair for a bright and bouncy look.
Summer highlights aren’t Kate’s only beauty secret. Looking back at her hair styles as a royal, we noticed a few tricks the Duchess has used more than once — and clearly, the royal knows her way around a curling iron.
Here’s a look back at how Kate Middleton’s hair has evolved over the years.
A version of this article was originally published July 2020.