Royal fans are officially in celebration mode after Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are expecting their first child together. And now, many are wondering how the 32-year-old managed to keep her exciting news under wraps — especially when she’s been out and about a lot lately.
In the days leading up to Beatrice’s baby news, which was announced on Queen Elizabeth’s official social media accounts, the princess was photographed driving around Windsor with her mom Sarah, Duchess of York and she was spotted enjoying dinner in Mayfair with her husband. However, no royal watcher picked up on any signs of a growing baby bump.
According to a new report in Hello!, the pregnant royal took page out of Kate Middleton’s book and used a very nifty styling technique to ward off curious eyes. The trick in question? Changing up her hairstyle. In fact, the technique was used during Beatrice’s last royal appearance for Prince Philip’s funeral last month.
She wore a big black coat with a belt that cinched in the waist and to distract from her outfit, and she clasped her strawberry blonde hair into a thick ponytail that flowed down to her lower back.
The statement hairstyle was striking and quite a head-turning hairdo that successfully swerved people’s eyes from her belly to her head. Of course, the thick and form-fitting coat also added an extra layer of protection.
Kate also used this trick before announcing all three of her pregnancies with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Over the years, before revealing her baby news, she’s experimented with a long curtain fringe, tight curls, and a lighter shades of brown.
Beatrice, 31, married her husband during the UK’s first lockdown in 2020, and now that restrictions have eased up, the couple can hopefully enjoy their pregnancy more publicly and freely.
The joyful news was shared via an official statement from Buckingham Palace this week, which read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year. The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news.”
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