Kate Middleton shows off a MUCH shorter hairstyle in Ireland

Going for the chop! Kate Middleton shows off a MUCH shorter hairstyle during royal tour of Ireland – as celebrity stylist praises her ‘quirky’ new look

  • Kate Middleton, 38, has revealed a new shorter hair-cut during tour of Ireland
  • Duchess of Cambridge unveiled long-bob when arriving in Dublin yesterday
  • Celebrity stylist James Johnson praised the royal for the bold and ‘quirky’ style 
  • James revealed the ‘long-bob’ haircut was ‘mumsy’ but still ‘made a statement’

A stylist has revealed how the Duchess of Cambridge has transformed her look by cutting her hair into a trendy long-bob. 

Kate Middleton, 38, showed off the shoulder-grazing style as she arrived at Dublin International Airport yesterday, revealing she’d chopped several inches off the length of her locks.  

Since then, the royal has showed off the versatility of the cut by wearing it in several different ways, including her usual bouncy-blow out style and with a trendy velvet hairband. 

And following her appearance, celebrity hair stylist James Johnson praised the Duchess for the long-bob which he said was a ‘quirky’ and ‘fashionable’ style compared to her longer locks. 

Celebrity hairdresser James Johnson heaped praise on the Duchess of Cambridge’s, 38, new shorter cut, calling it a ‘quirky’ and ‘fashionable’ look for the royal (pictured, Kate Middleton today in Ireland) 

Speaking about Kate’s hair transformation, stylist James told Femail: ‘Something like this cut – a long bob – is very on trend right now.’

‘It’s a quirky, fashionable style, similar to styles worn by models like Bella Hadid.’

He went on to call the haircut ‘mumsy’ while ‘making a statement’ and making the long bob style ‘cool’.

James also revealed the shorter style may have been chopped for the health of the hair, adding the cut looked ‘blunter which gives the illusion of fuller hair’ and would be ‘easier to manage’ than Kate’s lengthy locks. 

James said Kate had ‘made a statement’ by cutting her long locks into the shoulder-skimming long bob (pictured, in February before the chop) 

He said the style was ideal for the transition of seasons, adding that the Duchess looked ‘ready for summer.’    

The style is the shortest the royal has worn since she fell pregnant with Prince Louis in the summer of 2017 – when she first debuted a shorter style after chopping inches off the length. 

The Duchess of Cambridge has been letting her hair grow out in recent months and her full, loose curls were on full display as she made royal appearances. 

Throughout February, the Duchess wore her locks in her usual bouncy blow-dry which flowed down well-below her shoulders. 


The Duchess debuted the new style as she arrived for the royal tour of Ireland yesterday, and has since worn her locks in several styles, including with a hairband (left) and with a bouncy blow-dry (right)

The royal opted for a trendy short long-bob, which James said left her hair looking ‘healthier’ and ‘fashionable’

On her final royal appearance ahead of the royal tour of Ireland, she swept her hair into a side-ponytail to join in with athletes during a visit to Sportsaid. 

While the cut is substantially shorter than Kate’s regular style, the Duchess has already worn her hair in several ways to show-off it’s versatility. 

As she arrived in Dublin yesterday she debuted the look with a trendy velvet hairband sweeping the locks from her face. 

Later while attending an evening reception in the Guinness Storehouse, she returned to her usual bouncy blow-dried style, with large curls sweeping across her shoulders. 

Today the Duchess wore her locks in a relaxed style with the ends of her hair softly curling in (pictured, visiting  Savannah House, a residential facility run by social justice charity Extern, in County Kildare)

And today the Duchess wore the style in a relaxed style, with the ends of her locks gently curling on her shoulders.   

Today, the Duke and Duchess visited Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Grange, County Meath, during the second day of their royal tour of Ireland. 

The couple also joined young people cooking and playing table tennis as they visited Savannah House in County Kildare, a residential facility run by social justice charity Extern. 

The cut is the shortest the Duchess has worn her hair since she debuted a shorter style while pregnant with Prince Louis in 2017  (pictured, at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium) 

William and Kate also went to youth mental health charity Jigsaw in Dublin and spoke of the importance of getting a ‘tool box’ to help deal with life’s issues as they talked to young people at the drop-in centre.

William and Kate – who wore a white Reiss coat to her first engagement at Jigsaw today – are making their first official visit to Ireland, a three-day trip which began yesterday and will take them from Dublin to Galway.

The Duke is later expected to speak about the Troubles and ‘many wrongs’ of Ireland and the UK’s ‘complex’ shared history at a reception hosted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin. 

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