Kate Middleton's wedding hair broke tradition and inspired copycats around the world

The ultimate wedding goals

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The ultimate wedding goals

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary tomorrow. And what a wedding it was, there were so memorable things about that day that we will never forget - including Kate Middleton's wedding hair.

The wedding made history in more ways than one, particularly because of protocol breaks to changing traditions.

There was the fact that Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry were elected Maid of Honour and Best Man – two roles that are not supposed to exist in royal weddings, not to mention the double kiss that the newlyweds performed for the crowds from the Buckingham Palace balcony and of course their choosing to spend their wedding night at Buckingham Palace rather than jetting off for their honeymoon immediately.

It was Kate Middleton’s hair that made the most news however. We all know that the dress was a total showstopper, but let's remember how epic Kate Middleton's wedding hair was.

Kate Middleton wedding hair

She wore it pinned slightly up, with most of it down towards the back, also known as a 'Demi Chignon'. The Duchess of Cambridge actually broke a 350-year-old tradition when she chose to wear her hair down. The look was created by hairstylist James Pryce at Richard Ward Salon and incorporated the beautiful Cartier Halo Tiara. The tiara was loaned to Kate by the Queen, whose father, King George VI, had bought it for her mother in 1936.

Prince William must have admired it as much as us, as he actually gave Kate a helping hand with her hair on the big day. He helped move a 500-year-old mirror so that his bride could admire her blow dry.

Hair stylist James Pryce explained to People that he gave her a blow dry in between the wedding ceremony and the Clarence House reception, but needed a bit of help from William.

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‘I wanted to show Kate the back of her hair, and I was struggling to walk with this 500-year-old mirror,’ he explained to People. ‘[William] just said, “Let me give you a hand,” and I said, “No, no, honestly,” but he took one end and I’ve got the other and we’re shuffling along with this mirror — he’s great, he really is.’

Well, that’s lovely.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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