Bye, beard! James Middleton shaves for the first time in seven years to surprise his fiancée

By Zach Harper

There are people we're just used to seeing with beards. They were clean-shaven at one point, but their facial hair has become so synonymous with them in our minds that when they shave, it's surprising. James Middleton is one of those people.

Duchess Kate's brother hasn't shaved in seven years, but he did so this past weekend to surprise his fiancée, Alizee Thevenet. She's never seen him without his beard. (That feels strange to write, but he's had a beard for a long time.)

"Alizee and myself were due to get married... well, actually, this month," James said in a video he posted to Instagram in which he documented his major transformation. It happened outside his parents' home in Bucklebury. "She's never seen me without a beard, so I thought it was time I showed her what was behind it."

He didn't seem too concerned, though he said he was a bit worried his dogs might not recognize him afterward. With that, he pulled out an electric razor and just like that... his facial hair was gone.

Wimbledon 2013 was one of the last times James Middleton was pictured publicly without a beard. Photo: © Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images

If you do the math, he's had a beard since 2013. So that means his nephews and niece, Prince George and Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, also probably haven't ever seen him without a beard.

"There you go. So I am off to find Alizee," he said, walking off to find her and his parents, Carole and Michael. When she saw him, Alizee screamed.

"Oh, my God! So weird!" said said, laughing.

The beard made its first public appearance on July 11, 2013 at the Coronation Festival Evening Gala at Buckingham Palace. Photo: © Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Carole also seems to have found the whole thing hilarious because she was having a good chuckle at it, as well.

The Middletons seem to be enjoying their time together, even if isolation is difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. The video showed James, Alizee and his parents relaxing outdoors. It looked like they'd all been doing some pruning of a different kind in the form of weeding out the back garden. Since frost season has mostly ended in the U.K. (sorry, Canadians) people are beginning to do their weeding and planting in anticipation of warmer weather.

Kate is likely doing the same with her family as the Cambridges isolate at their country home of Anmer Hall. We wonder what she thinks of her brother's freshly shaven face? She probably got a good chuckle, too, we bet.

We think you look great, James!

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