Kate Middleton Drove Herself to ‘Vogue’ Photo Shoot With Hair in Rollers

Kate Middleton on the front cover of Vogue magazine
Kate Middleton on the cover of British 'Vogue.' Josh Olins/ Vogue

She really is a down-to-earth duchess! Kate Middleton not only opted against posing for British Vogue in anything remotely resembling royal regalia, she even drove herself to the shoot — and showed up in rollers!

The stunning issue, which hits newsstands May 5, reveals just how laid-back the 34-year-old royal was as she arrived for her photo session, and how she put everyone working on the issue completely at ease.

On arrival at the shoot, Prince William's wife joked with the magazine staff about what anyone who had spotted her and her unfinished hairdo must have be thinking.

She laughed at "how she must have appeared to anyone who saw her driving in the car in her rollers," Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman said.

And rather than parade in her royal finery, Duchess Kate was very eager to make sure the shoot reflected her "private existence," opting to be photographed in jeans and T-shirts.

As Us Weekly reported previously, the Duchess of Cambridge is photographed in a brown suede coat and wide-brim hat, sourced from a London vintage shop, for her cover photo.

Inside the magazine she poses for a number of other shots, including one in which she wears a pair of cute denim overalls.

Kate took the opportunity to talk to the experts about her own blossoming love of photography.

"From taking photographs of George and Charlotte, I have been struck by the wonderful lack of self-consciousness that you see in photographs of children," she told the publication, "without the self-awareness that adults generally feel."

And Shulman paid tribute to her royal photography subject, revealing that the brunette beauty "posed uncomplaining, often in a thin cotton shirt" in the chilly Norfolk, England, location.

She added that Kate, who usually does her own makeup, was quite relaxed about allowing Vogue makeup artist Sally Branka free rein, "scarcely even checking herself in the mirror afterward."

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