Kate Middleton stuns with new caramel highlights

New season, new hair

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing black as a mark of respect following the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, talk with Air Cadets during their visit to 282 (East Ham) Squadron Air Training Corps in east London on April 21, 2021. - During the visit, the Squadron paid tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh, who served as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years. In 2015, The Duke passed the military patronage to The Duchess of Cambridge who became Honorary Air Commandant. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Kate Middleton's caramel highlights are a lesson in two things. First, how to effortlessly switch up brunette strands as we move towards summer. Second, what to ask our stylist for when we eventually get an appointment now that hairdressers have re-opened. 

The Duchess of Cambridge was last seen at Prince Philip's funeral where she made a subtle tribute to the Queen. For the moving service, the Duchess wore a chic undo in order to reveal the pearl and diamond choker gifted to her by the Queen. 

But after a sombre few weeks, Duchess Catherine has now debuted a fresh cut and color while visiting an Air Cadets squadron in East London. 

The Duchess is not a stranger to a new hue or style. Last year, she wowed with a lighter hair colour, changing up her signature dark locks in favor of a honey-blonde shade, which was just the right side of sun-kissed and tousled.

In recent months we've been treated to a bevy of hairstyles with the royal stamp of approval. Duchess Catherine sent fans wild with a straight hairstyle one minute, achieved only with the best hair straighteners, before reverting to Disney princess ringlets and a half ponytail for an official visit to Cardiff in December, a look no doubt recreated by many on Christmas Day. And then who can forget the moment Kate Middleton recreated her wedding day hair as she visited Westminster Abbey on the eve of her and Prince William's 10-year wedding anniversary?

We've even been given an insight into the Kiehl's hair product Kate Middleton swears by to tame frizz and prevent April showers from ruining her 'do.

And now Duchess Catherine has treated us to a perfectly trimmed ends, stellar shine and a warmer caramel tone that is edging toward auburn territory as revealed on the Kensington Royal Instagram account.

For the official engagement, she wore her hair in a trademark bouncy blow-dry and paired the look with a smart double-breasted dress coat, which won the praise of many. One commented, 'Oo kate perfect 👏👏😍', while another remarked, 'The Duke And Duchess always carry themselves with such Class.'

Fiona Embleton is a beauty writer who is now Acting Beauty Editor at Stylist. She is obsessed with Isabel Marant and cats.