The morning after her wedding (and its raging after-party), Kate strolls the grounds of Buckingham Palace with full, glossy curls. Based on the shiny texture of her strands, we doubt this newly-minted royal used dry shampoo to revive her wedding day blowout.
A sun-kissed Kate flashes some seriously white teeth as she meets Michelle Obama the day after returning from her Seychelles honeymoon. Despite her svelte appearance, a casual tummy touch sparked (untrue) rumors that the new bride was pregnant.
Big, Loose Bun
Kate's secret for wearing (one of her many) fascinators? Pinning back her face-framing layers of hair before wrapping her longer locks into a mega-sized bun. For a fun afternoon affair, we love the slightly mussed-up effect of this Investec Derby Day look.
While hitting the red carpet of the ARK Gala with her betrothed, the Duchess adds some extra polish to her look by sticking to matte makeup and keeping her hair straighter than usual. But it's Kate's bedazzled Jenny Packham gown that steals the show, as it emphasizes the princess's tiny waist.
Even royal brothers-in-law can cause a pretty bride to furrow her brow. Thankfully, Middleton's reported use of Bobbi Brown and Karin Herzog products will help fight off signs of early wrinkles and fine lines.
We know that good-humored Kate can brave the elements, but with her strands coiffed in this coiled half-up, half-down 'do for Prince Philip's 90th birthday, Britain's princess recognizes that weather protection is key before big functions.
As she watches on at a Garter Day ceremony, Kate keeps the focus on her defined features with thick eyeliner and sculpting blush.
Hint of Lip Gloss
Blush-matching lip gloss adds an appropriate bit of shine to the Duchess's somber outfit at this army outing in Ireland. Of course, flashing some sapphire and diamond bling is another way get instant sparkle.
Sneak Peek Skin
While attending Wimbledon, Kate opts for a laser cut dress to demurely show off her toned shoulders. With this frock's white fabric and pleated skirt, perhaps the Duchess was inspired by the championship's strict on-court style guidelines.
En route to Canada for her North American blitz tour, Kate anchors her windblown tarmac look with manicured brows and a no-frills sheath. We like that a hint of rosy blush warms up her otherwise business-like attire, though.
On her first international joint tour with William, Kate arrives in Ottawa, Canada, with a casually looped mini-updo. With no trace of jet lag on her mug, we think her Mountie friend could learn a thing or two from the princess about the importance of moisturizing.
"Oh, Canada... Thy maple leaf fascinators are clutch!" The duchess is not above donning a festive headpiece to celebrate Canada Day with her people.
Even royals with personal chefs lose their cool when making complex culinary treats. Despite her rare grimace, Kate looks great in her chef's coat on account of her tousled curls and rimmed lids.
As Kate leans in to gossip with her sweetie, she shows off her slick updo (we love the extra height at the crown!). Her maple leaf pin was lent her by Queen Elizabeth, who wore it on her first trip to meet our northern neighbors.
For a city ceremony in Quebec, Kate opts for an (appropriately-picked) frock by Montreal-based designer, Erdem, a nude lipstick, and smoky eye makeup.
The best way to prep for coastal frizz? Curl the ends of your sporty ponytail. While participating in a dragon boat race off of Prince Edward Island, Kate proves that even girly-girl's can get dirty, too.
While visiting the Province House in Charlottetown (aka the birthplace of Canada), Britain's star import dresses up an otherwise-standard ponytail by wrapping a piece of hair around the base to hide the holder. Princesses! They're just like us!
Even his-and-hers hockey jerseys are chic when held by the duke and duchess. Of course, Kate's shimmering gams (we wonder if she uses a leg spray?!) could make any over-sized sports gear look glam.
Mild in the Wild
While sniffing aboriginal herbal medicines in the Northwest Territories, the princess matches her makeup look to her sleek safari topsimple and with an emphasis on natural tones.
Her Highness-Worthy Hoodies
Yes, Kate's voluminous curls look adorable against this bulky Canadian Ranger sweatshirt, but it's her ability to capture the prince's attention that has always set her apart from us regular, lounge-wearin' gals.
Not only do Kate's crossed ankles prevent a potentially embarrassing photo-op, but keeping her feet planted on the ground ensures that this princess will be less likely to get spider- or varicose veins, too.
On a Platform
Before she boards a plane in Yellowknife, Canada, Kate crouches down to spend time with a little boy and inadvertently explains to the world why she's often wearing wedges.
Spending so much time on windy tarmacs (this one is in Calgary), it only makes sense that Kate would occasionally need to tame an overly-flouncy skirt. The real skill is being able to do it with a clutch in hand. Thankfully, her shiny locks might distract any peepers.