There’s nothing in the royal protocol that says there can only be one brunette duchess, but we sure seem to be headed that way. While Meghan Markle has stuck to her signature dark-brown hair, Kate Middleton has spent the last few months gradually lightening her hair into an increasingly golden shade, making admirers wonder if she may eventually end up as blonde as her beloved late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Middleton’s latest round of brightening highlights appears to have come right before an appearance at London's Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum on October 9. She wore a rather affordable outfit, fully embracing early autumn in a $69 burgundy pointelle turtleneck by Warehouse (sold out, of course) and $109 olive green culottes by Jigsaw. But even buzzier than the price of her outfit was the hair color that topped it off. The Duchess of Cambridge looked blonder than ever, with bright caramel highlights making up most of her color and only hints of medium brown poking through.
It was only a month ago that Middleton's highlights became hair-color inspiration for anyone looking to lighten up for fall without going fully blonde. She dropped off her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, for their first day of school with noticeably blonder hair — even blonder than it was when she added a few caramel highlights back in June. At this rate, she'll be a full-blown blonde by Christmas. (And we are here for it.)
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Originally Appeared on Allure