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Prince William's hair gets clipped short, attracting lots of buzz

For once, royal style watchers aren't talking about Duchess Kate's hair. They're eyeing her husband's mane instead.
/ Source: TODAY

Usually, it's his wife’s hair that gets all the attention, but royal style watchers are abuzz over the closely cropped cut Prince William now sports.

The Duke of Cambridge's hair is at its shortest in recent memory. Not only have the sides been clipped close, the barely there top also appears to be buzzed back quite a bit.

Prince William and his new hair cut
Prince William has been sporting the shortest haircut he's had in recent memory.Max Mumby / Getty Images

The public got its first glimpse at the new hairdo when the 33-year-old prince and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, stepped out for Sunday morning service at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate.

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Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, heading to a service at Sandringham
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a wreath-laying ceremony Sunday at the War Memorial Cross in SandringhamMax Mumby / Getty Images

Prince William’s receding hairline has often served as a punchline by his loved ones — especially his younger brother, Prince Harry — but even his wife has joked about it.

A photo of Prince William and his new haircut
A look at the back of Prince William's new haircutMax Mumby / Getty Images

Some on social media have referred to the prince's new hairstyle as a "dad cut," and that would be understandable. With an infant daughter and 2-year-old son at home, and a job as an air ambulance pilot on top of his regularly packed royal schedule, Prince William has far more important things to concern himself with than hair care.

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It's also probably safe to assume that the prince likes it far better when royal style watchers are paying closer attention to his wife's locks rather than his. Last fall, Duchess Kate drew a stir when she cut her hair to include some side-swept bangs.