It seems even the royals couldn't resist a post-lockdown hair update, as Kate Middleton stepped out with new, lighter locks at the launch of Tiny Happy People, a children's educational programme yesterday afternoon. 

Always bang on trend, the Duchess of Cambridge decided to brighten her typically chestnut brown hair for summer, adding honey-tone highlights throughout. This 'bronde' shade is ideal for summer, warm and rich but light enough to go with Kate's sun-kissed tan. 

After months of a sleek straight blow-dry, we also saw the Duchess's bouncy waves return, with layers cut around her face and curled slightly out. 

Kate paired her summery locks with a stunning monochrome dress by Emilia Wickstead, one of her favourite designers. Wearing the Anatola dress – a floaty silk frock featuring a high button-up collar and belt nipping in the waist, all in a monochrome black and white pattern – was the perfect choice for the day.

However, the Duchess seems to have had the sleeves altered and taken in. Although the dress usually costs €1,795, it's currently reduced by 70% down to €538, and hasn't sold out yet. 

Kate paired her dress with her old reliable espadrilles: the Chiara style by Castaner in warm beige, with a delicate leather ankle tie. They're a firm favourite of the Duchess's, and cost €135

Kate finished her look with her usual warm brown eyeshadow and dark black eyeliner, a peachy lipstick and a swirl of peach blush on her cheeks. 

While attending the launch, Kate opened up about the lack of information she had as a new mother, something she's touched on before. Calling it "gold dust", the Duchess highlighted the information gap that can come with parenting. 

"In the first few months, there's a huge amount of support, from midwives and health visitors. But from then onwards there's a massive gap before they then start school", she said.  

Talking about the information the parents have learned from and about their babies through the project, KAte stressed the importance of it. "It's information like that that I wish I'd had as a first-time mum. For so many parents it's gold dust, really." 

It's not the first time Kate has shared an insight into her experience of motherhood. Back in January, she recalled being a first-time mum in Anglesey while her husband Prince William worked with the search and rescue service. 

"It was the first year and I'd just had George — William was still away working with search and rescue — and we came up here and I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey.

"It was so isolated, so cut off. I didn't have any family around, and he was doing night shifts."