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Kate's new mid-length haircut is making a statement 

At last, the Duchess of Cambridge has changed her hair. She debuted her new mid-length cut on day one of her and William's Royal tour of Ireland.  To the unassuming eye, Kate's had a few inches off. No big deal. But this is where you'd be wrong.  While Kate's signature hallmarks are all there: the bounce, the shine, the blunt school-girl ends, her new 'midi' hairstyle sends a clear message, whether she knows it or not.

Kate's freshly chopped tresses give her the look of health 

Fresh tour, fresh look 

The midi is this season's hottest haircut. Victoria Beckham's got it, actress Gemma Arteton has just had it, even J-Lo's been shunning the glamorous extensions for her natural mid-length locks. 

What Kate's new haircut is signifying to those of us who follow her classic, good-girl style, is that she is owning her power and keen to shake things up.

Elegant and ageless, the Duchess shines in a white double breasted coat and glossy mid-length hair

三级成人视频This isn't the first time that Kate has experimented with braver style choices. On Wednesday evening, she wore vintage for the first time, arriving at the Museum of Literature Ireland wearing a stunning vintage Oscar De La Renta dress with her hair up in a youthful ponytail, a departure from her go-to formal chignon. 

Whereas, at the end of last summer, she debuted a much lighter hair colour as she dropped Princess Charlotte off for her first day at school. 

Kate's braver style choices began last September with a blonder look 

New era hair  

三级成人视频While it's not known whether the Sussex's move away from Royal duties has put added pressure on The Cambridge's, from a sartorial point of view, there's no better way to move on from any kind of break-up than to lop off your hair, whether that be leaving behind an old beau, starting a new job or entering a new decade. 

三级成人视频Indeed, the last time the Duchess of Cambridge cut her hair shoulder-length was in 2017 when she was pregnant with Prince Louis. 

The last time the Duchess of Cambridge had a shoulder length cut was in 2017

Why it's so flattering 

三级成人视频The midi haircut has the same ease as the midi dress. It's not too short and daring and not too long and ordinary, making it timeless and modern in equal measures. The perfect length for duty, having a few less inches to weigh down the hair creates a fresh, youthful balance that you don't get with much longer hair.

Kate's hair is the ideal length and shape to frame her facial features 

三级成人视频A smart style move, freshly cut ends exude the look of health which shows the world you've got ample energy for all challenges ahead. In Kate's case, she's left a few shorter pieces around her fringe to frame her eyes and soften her facial features.

三级成人视频While a few layers around the perimetre of the face allows the cut to work beautifully with straight or wavy hair, as Kate demonstrated when she attended the Guinness Storehouses Gravity Bar with glossy, tonged waves to compliment her sequinned gown. 

Kate's mid-length cut looks as stunning wavy as it does straight

A haircut fit for every role 

Keen to show off her new haircut's versatility, the Duchess wore her hair half-up in a retro headband for her and William's meeting with Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, at the official presidential residence Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, Ireland 

Half-up, half-down, the Duchess of Cambridge accessorizes her new haircut 

On Wednesday evening she put her hair up in a relaxed ponytail at the Museum of Literature, allowing her long fringe to delicately skim her cheekbones, knocking the formality out of her look. 

Kate's long fringe looks carefree and relaxed against her stunning high neck vintage dress