Royal Hair: William Shows Off New Beard

Prince tells female fan he'll be bare-cheeked again soon
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 12:58 PM CST
Britain's Prince William arrives to attend the annual Christmas church service on Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Serious stuff from England: Prince William has a beard. The 26-year-old stepped out in public with it for the first time yesterday to attend Christmas church services, the Scotsman reports. He grew it during a recent stint with the British navy in Barbados and keeps postponing a pledge to shave it off. One onlooker even gave it a kiss.

"It's a good move for (William) because he needs a bit of hardening up," says Jonathan Pease, style director of Australia's Next Top Model.