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Kate Middleton Debuts a New Haircut in Ireland
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Since joining the royal family nearly a decade ago, Kate Middleton has enjoyed a largely uniform approach to beauty: Think long brunette blowouts, subtle swipes of mascara, and demure dustings of blush. So this morning, when the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with her hair swinging in a sleek, shoulder-brushing style, the world immediately took notice. Middleton marked a day in County Meath, Ireland, with her freshly shorn lengths punctuated by a face-framing set of bohemian bangs.

Middleton’s new look likely spurred an onslaught of salon appointments for its just-trimmed brand of buoyancy alone. But it was the center-separated fringe, snipped to fall just past her temple, that made the moment an undeniably stylish one, reminiscent of late-’60s glamour and the sort of cultivated insouciance popularized in Paris. Considering that the royal infused her evening-out approach with a welcome dose of playfulness just last night, it seems that Middleton may be having a bit of an aesthetic renaissance—just in time for the first spring of the decade.

Take a look back at the Duchess of Cambridge’s most memorable style moments (thus far).

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