Thursday marked the first day of school for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who were photographed looking adorable before heading to classes at Thomas's Battersea in London. However, they're not the only ones celebrating the start of something new: Their mom, Kate Middleton, debuted a new hair color while dropping them off at school, and the change comes just in time for fall.
We're used to seeing the duchess as a slightly darker brunette, but it seems that she's decided to lighten things up a bit. While the color isn't drastically blond, the highlights are a much brighter shade than we've seen from her before. Her cut, too, appears to have slightly less layers than before, making her famous Chelsea blowout look a little sleeker and less bouncy. For the photo opp, she also wore a floral button-down Michael Michael Kors dress that she'd previously worn at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's rehearsal dinner last year.
Middleton's glossy waves have been the subject of fascination for a while. She seems to have the uncanny ability to pull off pretty much any kind of style—she's done Game of Thrones—style braids, she's done intricate updos, she's tucked her updos under stunning hats, and of course, she knows how to rock a tiara.
It always looks completely effortless, but we do know that she has a few standby tricks to keep her hair healthy. A now-deleted Instagram photo revealed that Middleton's hairstylist typically packs 13 hair brushes, six combs, three hair curlers, and two hairdryers for her. We also learned from some pretty extreme sleuthing that Middleton always cuts her hair before big pregnancy announcements and typically combines shampoo and conditioner. (Her frequent stylist Richard Ward reportedly has her use the Cleanse and Condition duo from his salon's Chelsea Collection.) And when she's pulling off one of those fancy royal updos, you can see that she uses a hairnet, of all things, to keep everything perfectly in place. We'll have to keep an eye out to see what hacks she has to keep her lighter hair gleaming. Olaplex, maybe?
Originally Appeared on Glamour