As the UK heads towards autumn, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, has ushered in a subtle new hair era.
The popular royal has gone for a darker brunette colour and is now sporting a 70s-influenced look, with curtain bangs and a glamorous wavy style.
The 41-year-old mum of three rocked the new look as she visited HMP High Down Prison in Surrey on Tuesday.
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Kate is patron of The Forward Trust, a charity that helps people with drug and alcohol addictions.
For her visit the Princess kept her outfit simple, wearing a navy two-piece suit, a white top and a necklace engraved with the initials of her three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.
The middle-parted wavy blowout style marks a change from Kate’s normally more straight-haired look.
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She also normally favours a side-parting, so the middle parting was another change of pace.
Stylist Lisa Talbot told The Daily Mail that Kate’s hair change was symbolic of her willingness to “embrace a fresh look”.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, has gone a darker shade of brown. Credit: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images
“With a new season coming it’s lovely to see Kate showcasing a new hairstyle which is slightly shorter and with more layering,” Talbot said.
“I think this signifies a royal that is young and modern and really wants to embrace a fresh look that creates a personal brand that draws the public to her.”
Talbot said the new look meant Kate wanted to show that she is like other women who “can and will change with the times”.
There was one other element of Kate’s look that garnered attention – her bandaged hand.
Kate’s bandaged fingers. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty ImagesKate’s necklace, engraved with the initials of her three children. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
According to Buckingham Palace, Kate suffered an injury to her right index and middle fingers while playing on the trampoline with her children.
The index and middle fingers on her right hand were taped together.
Catherine, the Princess of Wales, has changed up her look for autumn. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
The trampoline incident resulted in “a small injury, nothing serious”, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace confirmed to People.
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