kate_middleton_2012_plaited_bun_smokey_eye_olympic_gala.jpgKate Middleton has proved that she's a royal who listens to her subjects: after months of us complaining that she never has her hair up, the Duchess of Cambridge has gone all the way with a proper updo at a gala celebrating the Olympics!

I know, I can barely believe it either.

Kate's new look was created, as usual, by her trusted hairdressers from the Richard Ward salon in London. After all our moaning about her continuous half-up, half-down hairstyles, the royal surprised us by departing from the usual style in favour of an elaborate bun, wound with a number of plaits in a clockwise spiral motion.

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Even Kate's make up was a little different! Her eyes, still in their typical smokey style, were darker and more dramatic than usual, lined in a cat eye fashion and flicking out at the outer corners.

What do you think of Kate's new look? We hopes she keeps it up (mainly because she'll probably attend loads of Olympic stuff and it'd be nice to be able to report something interesting).

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