Today was Kate’s first solo military engagement. She presented shamrocks to soldiers to mark St Patrick’s Day.
The Duchess watched the ceremonial military parade before handing out lucky three-leafed clovers to 40 officers and NCOs (non-commissoned officers) at Mons Barracks in Aldershot. Even their Irish Wolfhound mascot got one.
During the event, 450 soldiers marched into the square at the barracks wearing their scarlet tunics and bearskin busbies. They were followed by the band of the Irish Guards, along with Conmael, the Irish Wolfhound regimental mascot.
Kate spent time speaking to members of the Regiment Association and the Mini Micks cadets on the parade ground before being photographed with 100 Sergeants and then with 40 Officers.
Kate chose to wear a dark green Emilia Wickstead coat dress (Fall/Winter 2011 Collection). She accessorized her look with chocolate brown bespoke suede heels by Emmy and matching’Betty Boop’ chocolate brown pillbox hat with bow by Lock and Co (£245).
She topped off her look with a green belt (we suspect it could possibly also be by Emilia Wickstead), a frothy shamrock and her favorite amethyst and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.
As for that gold cartier shamrock brooch, it’s actually owned by the Guards, and loaned out by them, having previously been worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne.
Kate’s chocolate brown Emmy shoes are now available on their website www.emmyshoes.co.uk They are the ‘Valerie’ Chocolate brown kid suede shoes (heel height 11.5cm). They currently retail for £400.
Kate’s belt has been ID’ed (thanks to a follower on WKW). Her belt is a ‘Black Crocodile Embossed Leather Waist Belt’ by Emilia Wickstead. The belt is currently available in red
from Matches www.matchesfashion.com
for $100 (marked down from $254).