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Written by Lea Dolan, CNN

The queen has been spotted with a new look. In photos shared by the Royal Family’s official Instagram page on Wednesday, the British monarch wears a shorter hairstyle as she greets New South Wales Governor Margaret Beazley at Windsor Castle, England.

It’s a subtle change from the longer, looser curls that many associate with Queen Elizabeth II, but it still caught on with the public who were quick to comment on the post. “The queen is gorgeous! Her new summer hairstyle is perfect,” one user wrote. “Love your new hairstyle, Your Majesty,” posted another. “Love the queen’s new hairstyle!!!”

Queen Elizabeth II and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle on June 21, 2022 in Windsor, England. Credit: WPA/Getty Pool

Her Majesty reduced her public appearances following the death of her husband Prince Philip in April 2021. Earlier this year, aged 95, the Queen tested positive for Covid-19 which she said. revealed at the Royal London Hospital during a virtual visit, left her “very tired and exhausted”. At her Jubilee celebrations earlier this month, commemorating 75 years on the throne with four days of festivities, the monarch was only seen twice. And when such glimpses are rare, fans seem happy to receive any visual updates.

The Queen debuted her new hair during an engagement with the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier in the week, although the change was most visible in the photo of her meeting Beazley. She wore two very summery floral dresses for every occasion: a pink and white rose patterned dress and another bright yellow ensemble with blue cornflowers.

Decode the colorful style of Queen Elizabeth II

Viewers have long loved deciphering the Queen’s image – from reading her choice of brooch to dissecting her sartorial color palette, her style rarely goes unnoticed. But it’s all deliberate, according to royal fashion adviser Angela Kelly. “Our role as dressers is to ensure Her Majesty is appropriately dressed for every occasion,” Kelly wrote in her 2019 monarch-approved memoir, “The Other Side of the Coin.”
Kelly also revealed that during the pandemic she had to work in the moonlight as the queen’s hairdresser – washing, adjusting and styling the royal locks while the salons were closed. It was so pressured, Kelly remembers often ditching the task for a gin and tonic. “So while the queen was under the dryer, I said to her, ‘I’m off for a drink because it’s so stressful, doing it just for you,'” she wrote.

Top image: Queen Elizabeth II with the Governor of New South Wales at Windsor Castle on June 22, 2022.


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