The Royale Do: 7 Regal Hairstyles (and How to Get the Look)
Queen Camilla waves from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the coronation of King Charles III, May 6, 2023. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images
As England’s Queen Camilla, capped with a feathered platinum bob recently ascended the throne alongside King Charles III, we highlight the most notable regal manes, in order of hierarchy, of course.
Queen Camilla, 75
The United Kingdom’s new Queen has come a long way from dodging bread rolls hurled at her by angry shoppers back when she was viewed as a homewrecker during Charles’ marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales. As her image has hugely improved so has her hair. Still, maintaining the signature banged and winged style she’s sported since the ’70s, today’s version is softer and less Farrah Fawcett feathery. Camilla has allowed nature to take its colour course, shifting from honey blond to silver blond, to its current regal platinum as befits her royally refined position as Queen.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, 41
Known for her shiny mane, the newly anointed Princess of Wales never has a bad hair day. What’s her secret? Outside of blessed genetics, it’s rumoured to be Kérastase. Specifically, the brand’s Bain Satin Shampoo, which hydrates while removing build-up for hair that’s full of movement and sheen. Finish with the brand’s companion product, Kérastase Lait Vital Conditioner, a lipids- and glucose-rich formula that’s extremely lightweight yet nourishing, to provide softness and easy detangling. Fine hair, but lots of it, Kate’s signature round brush blowout gives her long, layered cut plenty of bounce.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, 41
A couple of weeks before King Charles III’s May 6th coronation, the royal family’s breakaway duchess debuted a fresh, ultra-straight look that had people wondering if she’d gone for a keratin straightening treatment. The new Montecito Maven look was also a mahogany shade that was much warmer than her previous dark brunette-black. Even her makeup took on a muted, super neutral palette for a relaxed California glow that seemed a long way from Buckingham Palace. Meghan is said to be a longtime fan of the Oléo-Relax line from Kérastas, a smoothing and de-frizzing, humidity-control collection for curly hair that includes a shampoo, a hair masque and a hair oil.
Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, 58
The wife of Prince Edward was a particular favourite of the late Queen and emulates her dutiful, unpretentious approach to royal life. Behind only Princess Anne and King Charles in the number of annual events she attends, the duchess has gone against the usual trend with her length. Preferring the pixie crop often favoured by older women when she was younger, then opting for a more youthful, collarbone-grazing length as she got older. Like many women, as it’s more flattering, her hair colour has become much lighter as she’s aged. Shifting from blond in the ’90s to the cool creamy blond she wears today.
Anne, Princess Royal, 72
Famously no-nonsense, the late Queen’s only daughter has worn the same simple bun with a low twist knot for four decades. The only variation is a more voluminous beehive effect for formal affairs. As a woman of 72, her tresses are graying and drier with a notable frizz. Yes, she could look leagues “better” or younger if she gave it a bit of glossing, ever endured a blowout or opted for a more flattering cut. But she’s Princess Anne and clearly does not give two figs about beauty fussing, which one imagines she, the royal who attends the most events every year, views as utter frippery and a complete waste of time better spent elsewhere.
Princess Beatrice, 34
Sharing length, shine and a bounce-y blowout, like Catherine, Princess Beatrice is #HairGoals. While the late Queen’s green-eyed granddaughter shifts between auburn and ginger and strawberry blond thanks to hairdressers, the sun or the season, it’s always long and off the face, no bangs for this royal. Worn up in a thick ponytail or down in face-framing waves, her glossy locks inspire Pinterest boards.
Princess Eugenie, 33
Perhaps in a nod to her mum and sister, Princess Eugenie dyed her brown hair a more russet-auburn tone for her nationally televised 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank — a U.K. ambassador for George Clooney and Randy Gerber’s billion dollar Casa Amigos tequila brand. Outside of nuptials, the 11th in line to the throne opts for a minky brunette cut in a layered bob that falls shoulder to collarbone length. A flattering colour and style on anyone, we can share that she favours a certain nail lacquer also preferred by the late Queen, the future Queen, and the Duchess of Sussex.