What Queen Elizabeth Really Thought of Kate Middleton’s Hair

The queen was an admirer

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Kate Middleton has really been rocking the hair game recently. From Farrah Fawcett-inspired cuts to bouncy curtain bangs and blowouts, the 41-year-old royal has been showing off a new ’do at practically every turn. And as we continue to admire her gorgeous locks, we're reminded of a quote from Prince Harry’s book, Spare, where he talked about how his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was an admirer of Princess Catherine's mane.

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In one notable passage, the Duke of Sussex writes about how his grandmother preferred it when women wore their hair down, and he recommended to his wife, Meghan Markle, that she wear hers down when she met the monarch for the first time.

Prince Harry writes, “Pa likes it when women wear their hair down. Granny too. She often commented on ‘Kate’s beautiful mane.’”

We can't blame Queen Elizabeth for praising Princess Catherine's hair, because she's always had luscious locks. This could be thanks in part to the fact that, throughout her time as a royal, she's stuck with a couple trusty hairstylists, including Amanda Cook Tucker and Richard Ward.

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As opposed to the Princess of Wales, who switches it up, Queen Elizabeth II stuck with the same short, coiffed look, which became an iconic style that was associated with her reign.

As hairdresser Errol Douglas told The Telegraph, “The Queen’s hair was designed uniquely for her to accommodate the crown and her tiaras. She took her hair seriously and it showed.” (In 2008, Douglas was presented with an MBE from the late monarch for his services in hairdressing.)

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Looks like we haven't been the only ones raving about Princess Catherine's hair for years.

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