While the royal family can be
a divisive topic, there’s one thing that’s certain: Kate Middleton’s hair looks are always flawlessly styled. The Duchess of Cambridge hasn’t made any drastic changes to her long brunette hair over the years — and she really doesn’t have to. Like Princess Diana, Middleton is beloved for her style and often opts for simplicity — and no, that doesn’t mean boring. The royal has plenty of standout hairstyles that are worth admiring. Among her greatest hits: layers with subtle highlights, loose ponytails that somehow look formal and elegant, curtain bangs (that are super on trend, BTW), and an impeccable collection of hats and hair accessories.
While she has made tiny changes here and there, Middleton (and her glam team) know what works for her, personifying the old adage: If it ain’t broke, don’t color or
chop it all off. She proves that classic hairstyles can be just as buzzy as the trendy ones on social media. So if you’re looking for timeless, elegant hairstyles (or pointers on how to pull off hats), take your cues from the next Queen of England. You just simply can’t go wrong.
Here, 23 of Kate Middleton’s best hairstyles of all time.
Chignon With A Twist WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
In June 2022, Kate Middleton celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee with a different version of her signature chignon hairstyle.
Chic Twist Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Kate Middleton’s chic twist allowed her makeup and accessories take centerstage.
Side-Swept Waves Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images
On a glam date night with Prince William, Middleton wore her hair down in loose waves that were swept to one side. The sultry hairstyle the perfect match for her embellished emerald green gown.
Fairytale Wedding Hairstyle ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
This will go in Middleton’s beauty Hall Of Fame. For her
wedding to Prince William, she broke tradition and wore her hair down, slightly pinned back in a “demi-chignon” with a tiara and veil. It was regal, classic, and stunning — she looked very much like the queen she will one day be. Feathered Curtain Bangs Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
curtain bangs gave retro vibes and definitely deserve a spot in her most memorable hair moments. Here’s hoping she brings this look back ASAP. Fuchsia Hat & Low Chignon Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
hat game is unmatched. Here, she wore a fuchsia pink satin hat adorned with a matching veil and flower decal. Her hair was swept back into an elegant low chignon. Casual Low Pony Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Casual yet still so classy, Middleton gathered her long wavy hair in a loose high ponytail. Even with such a low-key hairstyle, she still looked as regal as ever. Relaxed Layers Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
At one point, Middleton’s classic brunette shade was
lightened with a few highlights. They looked stunning when she wore her hair down in feathered layers for a cool, relaxed look. Red Beret & Side Chignon Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
If your go-to hair look is an instant win, why change it up? Here, Middleton wore a small bright red hat with a bow on the side to dress up her classic chignon.
Classy Glam Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
Middleton let loose...with her hair. To dress up her elegant beaded gown, she wore her hair down with long curls — such a
classic style. Low Chignon Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
No hat, no problem. This low chignon with twisted sides needed no
accessories and could definitely shine on its own. Luxe Headband Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Middleton really gave
Blair Waldorf a run for her money with this chic maroon headband with a black ribbon tied in a small bow. Here, she sits the thick headband like a crown at the top her half-up,-half-down hairstyle. Millennial Side Part Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Braided Chignon Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
This low chignon deserves a special call-out. The braided crown looked so intricate and lovely, it was a fresh twist on one of
Middleton’s go-to hair looks. Dressed-Up Pony Neil Mockford/GC Images/Getty Images
Wanting to dress up a ponytail? Take a cue from Middleton and curl the ends and tie your hair up in a simple black ribbon.
Pinned Back Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Middleton took a strand of hair from each side and pinned it back while keeping her long hair down and straight. Simple yet chic.
Blue-Brimmed Hat & Bun Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
There’s no denying that Middleton has a great eye for hats. This light blue brimmed hat is matched with a stunning floral decal and worn with her signature low chignon. It’s another winning combo.
Half-Up, Half-Down Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
A half-up, half-down hairstyle is pretty much foolproof. Here, it helps keep hair out of Middleton’s face, perfectly displaying her
soft makeup and beautiful earrings. Large Brimmed Hat Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Middleton recently wore a large black hat to match her polka dot dress, twisting her hair in her signature classic low chignon.
Sleek & Shiny Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Minimalistic yet regal, Middleton wore her long hair completely blown out with impeccable shine.
Tilted Hat Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Who else can wear a disc-like hat tilted on the side and still look so classy? This grey-like tweed hair accessory was perfectly matched with white chiffon details.
Woven Updo Kate Middle wears hair in an intricate wavy low tight bun at a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica at King's House.
For a more structured look, Middleton wore her hair slicked back and in a tight woven-like bun.
Double-Twisted Low Ponytail Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images
Looking to elevate the classic low ponytail? Middleton remixed her style with twists at the nape of the neck, letting the rest flow down her back.
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This article was originally published on
Aug. 27, 2021