Kate Middleton Looks So Different as a Blonde in a Rare Childhood Throwback

Kate Middleton shared a childhood photo with her dad, Michael Middleton to celebrate Father's Day—and the Duchess of Cambridge looks so different as a blonde.

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Kate Middleton might be known for her brunette hair these days—more specifically, her preternaturally shiny, bouncy brunette waves—but back in her childhood, her hair looked very different. Young Kate was a blonde, the Cambridges revealed on Instagram on Sunday. To celebrate Father's Day, the royals shared a childhood photo of Kate with her dad, Michael Middleton, as well as a snap of Prince William and Prince Charles; in the photo, the Duchess of Cambridge wears her light blonde hair in two braids as she sits on Michael's knee. See the second photo in the post below:

It's been an extremely busy weekend for the Cambridges, who celebrated both Father's Day and William's 38th birthday on Sunday. To mark the occasions, they shared an extremely cute series of photos of William with his three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

In the first photo, posted on Saturday, William sits on a swing with Louis on his knee and Charlotte and George balancing behind him. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new picture of The Duke with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ahead of The Duke’s birthday tomorrow," the royals captioned the photo, which was taken by Kate.

On Sunday, Kate and William shared two more photos, in which all three mini Cambridges pile on top of their dad. Enjoy:

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Emily Dixon
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.