Duchess of Cambridge Debuts Shorter Hairstyle during Her 3-Day Visit to Ireland

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, had a largely uniform look for almost a decade since she joined the royal family, but recently she debuted a shorter hairstyle during her 3-day visit to Ireland. 

Just in time for Spring, Kate Middleton stepped out in a new look with her locks swinging in a sleek, shoulder brushing style for her visit to Ireland earlier this week. 

Kate made her first public appearance since shaping her locks when she met the president and first lady of Ireland on Tuesday, but the new haircut was not readily visible since she had her hair lightly tucked under a large headband. 

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Hello Ireland! 🇮🇪🇬🇧 Dia Daoibh, daoine na hÉireann! Thank you President and Mrs Higgins (and Bród the dog 🐶) for the warm welcome for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the country, which will see them spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway – and highlight the many strong links shared between the UK and Ireland. Following tea with President and Mrs Higgins, The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance – a place of reflection dedicated to those who gave their lives for Irish independence, before calling on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The coming days will see The Duke and Duchess meet a broad range of people, including children and young people, those working in the creative arts, business and charity sectors – and are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people. #RoyalVisitIreland

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It was only later that day, when Prince William accompanied the duchess for an event at the Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar, that Kate set her locks free for everyone to notice. 

In line with Ireland's signature color, Kate was clad in an emerald green midi dress. As depicted in a post by their official Instagram account, the princess savored a pint of Guinness while she was audience to a speaker in the event.  

During her time at the bar, she also made acquaintance with Sinead Burke, a fashion and design industry insider who is famous for her TED talk on "Why Design Should Include Everyone."


The fresh spring look with her shoulder-length locks punctuated by a face-framing set of bohemian bangs was plenty evident during her visit to a mental health charity, Jigsaw, on Wednesday, 

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Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been learning about organisations working in Ireland to support and empower young people, and about the country’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation. 1-2. At @Jigsaw_YMH, The Duke and Duchess met young people helped by the free mental support service, before joining a conversation with parents, carers and teachers on the impact of Jigsaw’s services within their communities. 3-4. With young people supported by the charity Extern a range of activities that equip those at Savannah House with key life skills, including meal planning and cooking, and joining them for a game of table tennis – see our story for more! 5-6. On @Teagasc Research Farm in County Meath they heard more about the farm’s pioneering research to promote sustainable farming across the country, before speaking to farmers who have implemented the research into their own practices – and joined local schoolchildren visiting the farm for an educational session on the environment, nutrition and food production. 7. Finally, at the spectacular Howth Cliff, The Duke and Duchess joined representatives from the Marine Institute to talk about their innovating work across Ireland – before taking in sweeping views of the Irish coastline. 8-9. Thank you to everyone that came out to greet The Duke and Duchess today! #RoyalVisitIreland

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During her tour of the charity's campus, the princess sported a chic gray A-line coat that covered her polka dot blouse coupled with a pair of black jeans and ankle boots. 

After their time at Jigsaw, the royal couple then went on to chat with young people at a charity Extern. The royal couple also tried their hands at table tennis later on. 


In the early evening on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Teagasc Research Firm in County Meath, where they learned about the pioneering research being done there to promote sustainable farming across the country. 

The royal couple also engaged in conversation with the farmers that had implemented the aforementioned farming methods before joining schoolchildren for an educational tour of their facilities.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Tuvanipupu Island on their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 17, 2012. | Source: Getty Images

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Tuvanipupu Island on their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 17, 2012. | Source: Getty Images

The last time the Duchess of Cambridge switched her locks was back in October 2019, when she flaunted honey-colored highlights for a visit to the Natural History Museum in the capital of England.

Before that, the princess had trimmed just a few inches off her do and updated the color of her hair to sunny caramel sometime in September, but this is the first drastic change in appearance for Kate in quite a while. 

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