William's short new haircut creates royal buzz

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The Duke of Cambridge has showcased a new haircut - one of his shortest yet - as he visited a children's hospital.

William stepped out sporting the closely trimmed style as he celebrated the national rollout of the Step into Health programme at the Evelina London Children's Hospital.

The 35-year-old, who as a teenager used to hide behind his long, floppy blond fringe, has long been conscious of his receding hairline.

William earlier in the month and his new haircut (PA)
William earlier in the month and his new haircut (PA)

Prince Harry often teases his older brother about losing his locks.

While chatting to a Second World War veteran in Barbados several years ago, Harry remarked that William "was already bald aged 12".

In 2014, the Duchess of Cambridge suggested the perfect solution for her husband's growing bald patch - an alpaca toupee.

A young Prince William at Eton (John Stillwell/PA)
A young Prince William at Eton (John Stillwell/PA)

As they visited the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Kate was shown a tuft of alpaca wool - which was a similar shade of brown to the duke's hair - and pointed to William's head, remarking: "You need it more than me."