William & Kate Are Guests of Honor at Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day Parade

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Yesterday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire where the Irish Guards are based.

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The event is the one day when the entire regimental family comes together and also where veterans proudly display their medals on their suits along with a small contingent of cadets.

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The royal couple arrived at the military base by chauffeur driven car and were greeted by the commanding officer 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Boanas.

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Families and friends of the soldiers looked on as Kate stepped forward to present traditional sprigs of shamrocks to the officers and warrant officers, who in turn issued it along the ranks. This is a century-old tradition, which was began in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, the wife of the Edward VII. The role has been previously carried out by the Queen Mother and the Princess Royal.

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The Duchess also honored the regimental mascot, a 19-month old Irish wolf hound Domhnall, with his own bunch of the well known plant. Kate stroked his head before she pinned some shamrock to his collar.

 
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After the ceremony, William and Kate met with members of the regiment, before sitting for officers’ and sergeants’ mess photographs.

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Then they visited the Guardsmens’ cookhouse where they accepted a toast in their honor, and then sat down to lunch before leaving the barracks.

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The Duchess looked polished in a new, pine green Persephone Trench by Hobbs London (originally £279, currently on sale for £195). The coat features raw edges, traditional storm flaps and epaulette detailing.

Additional details:
•Length: 113cm
•Sleeve: Long Sleeve
•Fabric composition: 63% viscose 37% wool
•Lining: 100% acetate
•Style code: 3022
 
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Completing her look, Kate accessorized with a matching ‘Meribel’ hat by Gina Foster (first seen on Christmas day),  suede Valerie Carbon court shoes by Emmy London (£400), Natasha Carbon envelope clutch in kid suede also by Emmy London (£290), and a new black, leather belt (not yet ID’ed).

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s jewelry included her Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings by Kiki McDonough (£1,200), the gold Cartier shamrock brooch with emerald center(belongs to the regiment rather than the royal family and seen on the Queen Mother and Princess Ann), and her Tissot watch. She also wore a large shamrock sprig on her left shoulder.
 
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