50 Times Kate Middleton's Updo Was Pure Perfection

Kathleen Wong | Jan 16, 2018 Beauty & Style
50 Times Kate Middleton's Updo Was Pure Perfection
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Kate Middleton is known for a few things: being the Duchess of Cambridge, being a momma of a few little royal ones, having a timeless sense of style, and most of all, having absolutely beautiful hair. Seriously, her glossy and lustrous locks are out of this world. It doesn't matter if she's meeting at a fancy royal event, or if she's just playing with her kids outside in the grass, her hair looks as if she just stepped out of a salon -- and yes, we're envious.

According to her personal hairdresser Richard Ward (the person who actually styled her hair in her wedding back in 2011), the voluminous and shiny blown-out look that Kate often rocks is called the "Chelsea Blow Dry." Although Kate's locks look absolutely stunning down, we think her tresses look even more picture-perfect when she wears it up. 

Her hairstyles are never over-complicated, yet they still look totally elegant and chic -- perfect for busy mommas. Her hair -- just like her own personal style -- are classic and understated. Her updos are the perfect inspiration for any occasion that we find ourselves in, whether it's date night or we're just running some errands with the kids. 

Read on to see Kate's best updos, and just try not to get hair envy! 

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  • 1. Chic chignon

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    What's more elegant than a low chignon? Kate wears her to the side to make it a little more modern.

  • 2. Wrapped ponytail

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    On a day out, Kate put her hair up in a classic ponytail but gave it a more polished upgrade by wrapping her hair around the ponytail holder. 

  • 3. Half up, half down

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    Kate pulls back her locks in a half up, half down do that could work for any event -- especially if we're rocking unwashed hair.

  • 4. French braided bun

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    This updo looks complicated, but it's actually relatively simple -- it's just a French braid that's been tucked in. 

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  • 5. Simple bun

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    Kate embodies sophistication with this classic low bun, which shows off her neckline and earrings.

  • 6. French braided

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    Kate proves that a loose braid doesn't always have to give off boho vibes -- it can be glamorous as all heck too. 

  • 7. Formal ponytail

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    Ponytails aren't just reserved for the gym; Kate pairs this bouncy 'do with a white formal gown.

  • 8. Low ponytail


    A low ponytail is a classic, no-fuss updo for when we don't know what to do with our hair. Kate shows that it can still look chic and elegant too.

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  • 9. Bumpin'

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    Kate puts a twist on a classic half up, half down updo by rocking waves and a teased bump at the crown.

  • 10. Twisted bun

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    Kate shows off her gorgeous laced back gown with an easy updo that's made up of a braid that's been wrapped into a bun.

  • 11. Topped off with a hat

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    Kate's flowered hat is the icing on the cake that is her bouncy half up, half down.

  • 12. Crowning around

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    Kate looks like true royalty with this chignon, which has a crown tucked sweetly on top. While most of us don't have diamond crowns like Kate's, a pretty headband will still do the trick

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  • 13. A twist on a braid

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    While in New Zealand, Kate work her hair in a half up, half down updo, but instead of a regular ponytail, she twisted her hair into a knotted braid. 

  • 14. Face-framing pony

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    We can all take notes from Kate's ponytail, which has pretty face-framing strands. 

  • 15. Feminine chignon

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    Kate rocked a low chignon at Charlotte's christening, which let her gorgeous white hat really shine.

  • 16. Up and at 'em

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    Kate takes on a seemingly chilly St. Patrick's day in a low-key twisted updo. It's perfect for when we just need to throw our hair up.

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  • 17. All glammed up

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    At the James Bond movie Spectre premiere, Kate looks absolutely stunning with this face-framing updo. 

  • 18. Statement pony

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    Kate wears a bold red dress and a bold ponytail, which literally speaks volumes thanks to its teased bump.

  • 19. Side parted

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    Kate looks timeless in this white dress and with her side parted hair tucked away behind her.

  • 20. Windproof

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    Facing a windy day? Copy Kate's low updo, which looks pretty and keeps strands from blowing in her face.

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  • 21. Bejeweled bun

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    While in Southeast Asia, Kate rocks an elegant updo that's secured with pearled pins. What a great and easy way to spice up a regular old bun.

  • 22. Romantic updo

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    Kate wears a sweet and feminine updo while touring through Malaysia. We think the twists on the side make it extra romantic.

  • 23. All pulled back

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    Kate attends an event at Royal Albert Hall with her hair twisted back in an updo that's made extra fancy with a side part. 

  • 24. Big bun

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    Kate attends the races while wearing a hat and a large but simple bun at the back of her head. 

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  • 25. To the side

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    At the Remembrance Sunday Service in London last year, Kate wears a big black hat and her hair in two low side chignons. 

  • 26. Sporty pony

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    Kate looks extra sporty in this bouncy ponytail, which has her hair wrapped around the holder for a polished take on an otherwise casual look.

  • 27. Sweet 'n' low

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    This low updo looks extra elegant, and perfect for a more formal or professional occasion.

  • 28. Polished in Poland

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    In Warsaw, Poland, Kate wore her hair in a large but low chignon. It's a look we can wear with any outfit on date night or at a work event.

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  • 29. Pretty in pink

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    Here's Kate in a bright pink hat and with her hair tucked in at the nape of her neck, which doesn't detract attention from the hat. 

  • 30. Church ready

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    Kate attends Easter Day Service with a perfectly placed white hat and her hair twisted into a low chignon.

  • 31. All curled up

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    Kate wraps up her iconic curls into a low bun, letting her black hat really steal the show.

  • 32. Parisian nights

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    While at a dinner in France, Kate wears her hair in a curled half up, half down updo with a romantic side part. This way, her hair still shows off her earrings.

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  • 33. Twisted away

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    For those days when the frame-facing strands just aren't agreeing with us, we can take a cue from Kate and twist it to the side of our head.

  • 34. All bumped up

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    Kate takes her usual chignon-style updo and gives it a nighttime upgrade by teasing a bump at the crown and wearing side parted bangs.

  • 35. Sidecasted

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    Kate pairs this wide-rimmed black hat with a large side chignon, a look that's perfect for those with lots of hair to tuck away.

  • 36. Side ponytail

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    Kate's side ponytail is super easy to recreate and still looks put-together. We love how the updo is still loose, giving it a romantic vibe.

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  • 37. Polished ponytail

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    This low ponytail, which has been curled for an extra polished look, is totally universal for any occasion. 

  • 38. Curls for days

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    Both Kate and Charlotte look beautiful in their respective white dresses, but it's Kate's bouncy half up, half down updo that we can't take our eyes away from. Elegant yet effortless.

  • 39. Classic chignon

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    While in Canada in 2016, Kate tightly pulls her hair back in a neat chignon. 

  • 40. Romantic in red

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    We don't know if it's the bright red dress and heels, but we want to rock this entire look (including the updo) on Valentine's day. She looks old Hollywood glam here!

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  • 41. Pin-straight

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    Kate deviates from her trademarked bouncy curls and loose styles with this pin-straight half up, half down 'do. To recreate the look, just pull back the upper layer of your hair, so that you no longer have a visible part.

  • 42. All in blue

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    Kate talks to George while holding Charlotte and rocking a low chignon. We love how she twisted the hair along the side of her head too.

  • 43. Teaser

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    Kate teases her hair at the crown to make this half up, half down updo more stylish.

  • 44. Active Kate

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    Kate looks totally adorable with her hair thrown up in a ponytail and sunglasses perched on her head. She proves that no one can go wrong with a simple, bouncy ponytail!

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  • 45. All glam

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    Kate looks super glam with this low, braided chignon that hangs at the nape of her neck. Must. Copy. Now. 

  • 46. Pinned back

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    How cute is this updo? Here, Kate pins up some hair at her crown, making a mini half up, half down updo.

  • 47. All bounce

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    Kate's locks looks especially bouncy, and those curls are emphasized by the fact that she pinned back some of her hair.

  • 48. The perfect wave

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    In Bhutan, Kate wears her wavy hair back in a half up, half down updo by that has the top layer of her hair cleverly twisted back.

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  • 49. High ponytail

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    We can't get enough of Kate's high ponytail from when she was in Wales. It looks as if she teased the top layer of her hair before pulling it back to give it the volume. If someone's growing out bangs, then this is a good look to copy.

  • 50. Pin-up

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    Kate makes a half up, half down updo a little more interesting by layering her pulled back hair.

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