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The Duchess of Cambridge's new fringe takes centre stage at gallery opening

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The Duchess of Cambridge was back to her royal duties as she opened the Natural History Museums' Treasures Gallery on Tuesday night, showing off her glossy new fringe. Kate turned heads with her new haircut and colour, which appeared darker than before.The new style is very similar to the one she used to have in 2006 when she was dating her now husband, Prince William, and it is believed to have been created by her favourite hairdresser Richard Ward, who has a salon off Sloane Square, London. Without William in sight, Kate toured the gallery, which features some of the museum's finest treasures, including rare first editions of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess also spoke about how she and ther husband had enjoyed visits to the museum in the past."The Natural History Museum has a very special place in the heart of this nation. William and I are just two of millions of people who have passed through these doors, and marvelled at the spectacular wonders of the natural world, housed in this beautiful gallery."I care passionately about what this museum stands for. Being here tonight, seeing some of nature's finest treasures, reminds me just how precious and awe inspiring the natural world is."That is why the opening of Treasures is so incredibly exciting. If it were ever needed, there is now even more reason to visit this wonderful museum."Treasures displays 22 of the most extraordinary specimens that have ever been on show at the Museum, and opens 30 November to the public.

Kate Middleton fringe

Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum said: "We are thrilled Her Royal Highness joined us to celebrate the opening of Treasures. We hope that she is the first of many visitors to discover everything the Museum represents in this special gallery." For the occasion, Kate chose to recycle a green Mulberry dress she previously wore last November to launch the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace. The £1,400 dress is covered in a jacquard-weaved Peace and Love motif and was teamed up with black heels.Next up on the agenda for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is their first official visit to Cambridge since he was conferred with the Dukedom on the eve of their wedding. The visit takes place on Wednesday.

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