William & Kate are Guests of Honor at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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On Tuesday, William and Kate were back on military duty at the Mons Barracks in Aldershot to visit the Irish Guards. They were guests of honor at this year’s 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day Parade.

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In recognition of the many courageous acts carried out by Irish soldiers during the Second Boer War, and on the orders of Queen Victoria, the Irish Guards were formed on April 1, 1900.

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This is the fourth year the couple have upheld the 114-year-old royal tradition of presenting shamrocks to the officers and guardsmen of the regiment.

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Once inside the Guards’ Mons Barracks, Cambridge’s watched as 200 men from the battalion were put through their paces on the Parade Square following the Band of the Irish Guards. This year, the parade was much smaller than past years as the battalion currently has troops deployed around the world.

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The parade, which has been an Irish Guards tradition for more than 100 years, was followed by the shamrock presentation ceremony conducted for the third year in a row by the Duchess, who presented the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen. The shamrock is tucked behind the cap star on the forage cap.

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No matter how hard she tried, the Duchess could not get a sprig of shamrock to stay in the collar of Domhnall, a three-year-old Irish wolfhound who serves as the regiment’s mascot.

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The tradition of presenting shamrocks was inaugurated by Queen Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII, in 1901, the first year of his reign. Other royals who have taken on the job include the Queen Mother and Princess Anne.

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After the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess off Cambridge moved to the marquee, where William who is Colonel of the Regiment. toasted the regiment with a pint of Guinness. Kate, settled for a glass of water.

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Before they left, William and Kate met with soldiers and their families and then sat for group photographs with the officers’ and sergeants’ mess.

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Kate wore a bespoke, knee-length, chestnut brown coat by Catherine Walker. The double wool crepe coat features hidden button closure and a portrait collar.

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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess of Cambridge accessorized with a chocolate brown ‘Betty Boop’ pillbox hat with bow by Lock and Co (£245), matching ‘Valerie’ brown kid suede heels by Emmy London (£400), her brown suede Emmy London ‘Natasha’ clutch, and her brown wool ‘Imogen’ Cornelia James gloves with side bow.

 
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Lastly, a look at Kate’s jewelry. She wore her gold Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings and a gold shamrock brooch owned by the regiment and loaned to Kate. It has also been worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne.

A look back at what Kate has worn to the Parade in previous years

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Kate Wears Moloh to the 2014 Christmas Day Service at Sandringham

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On a cold but sunny day, thousands of well-wishers gathered to catch a glimpse of the Queen and her family as they made their way to church for the traditional Christmas day service near the Queen’s private home of Sandringham in Norfolk.
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Leading the way to St Mary Magdalene church was the Princess Anne, flanked by the Duke of Edinburgh and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. They were followed by the Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were holding hands, Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.
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Kate’s family – Carole, Michael, Pippa and James – were also in attendance as they are spending Christmas with William and Kate at Anmer.
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After the service, William and Kate chatted to well-wishers, some of whom had been waiting outside the church since 5am this morning.
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The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant and covered her baby bump in a new-to-us brown, tweed double-breasted ‘Turpin’ coat (£685) by Moloh. The mid-calf coat features brown and cream checks with flecks of orange. It was part of their 2013 collection and is no longer available.
 
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Beneath her coat, Kate wore a Hobbs London ‘Animal Shirt Dress’ in bitter chocolate brown ($355).
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As for her matching brown hat a-top her signature blow-dry, you may recognize it as the ‘Betty Boop’ from Lock and Company which she wore for a wedding in Switzerland and for St. Patrick’s Day in 2012.
 
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Kate completed her ensemble with her ‘Valerie’ heels by Emmy Shoes, thick brown opaque tights, and Cornelia James ‘Imogen’ gloves. She also wore her gold Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf earrings.
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Also, as some of you may have noticed, Kate is wearing a scarf. It is currently UFO.
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Kate’s scarf has been ID’ed! Really Wild Clothing Company posted on twitter that it was theirs. It is their ‘Silk Scarf in Autumn Partridge’ (£125 and currently out of stock).
 
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Day Six of the Commonwealth Games is Chock-Full of Engagements

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The Duchess began her day at Home Nation House where she attended a reception hosted by SportsAid. She is a patron of the charity, which funds the budding stars of British sport. Their past successes have included Daley Thompson, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Linford Christie.

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At the event, Kate visited mentoring sessions led by tennis player Laura Robson, former world champion open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, Glasgow 2014 Team Wales captain Aled Davies and 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Steve Parry.

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Meanwhile, Princes Harry and William visited Coach Core, a Royal Foundation they head which helps teenagers get qualifications in coaching and leadership.

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The royal trio reunited with a stop-off at Glasgow’s Hampden Park. The young royals were snapped enjoying the athletics alongside Lord Sebastian Coe, which included watching English triple-jumper Greg Rutherford, Scottish hurdler Eilidh Child and Kenyan runner David Rudisha compete.

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The last engagement of the day was a visit to the Athletes’ Village where they met with some of the host nation’s medal winners, including Usain Bolt and Sir Chris Hoy.

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Olympian Sir Chris Hoy and chieftain of the village, gave the royals a tour of the site and were then encouraged to take part in a few traditional games.

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The Duchess recycled her vibrant blue ‘Ridley Stretch Cady Dress’ ($695/£515) by Stella McCartney for the fourth time. It features a round neck, short sleeves, a fitted waist, an A-line skirt, inverted pleat details and a concealed rear zip closure.

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Kate wore the dress twice in summer 2012, once with a Cartier statement necklace to a private viewing at the National Portrait Gala, and once underneath her navy Smythe blazer with gold buttons to watch Andy Murray in an Olympic tennis game at Wimbledon.

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The last time we saw the Duchess in her Stella McCartney knee-length shift dress was when she touched down in Canberra on the 2014 New Zealand/Australia Tour.

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This time, Kate wore the frock with her navy Smythe blazer, her navy Stuart Weitzman ‘Corkswoon’ wedges and a matching suede navy clutch (it could possibly be a bespoke Emmy clutch with thanks to followers on WKW).
 
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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her gold Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, and her gold Asprey necklace featuring charms from the Woodland Collection.
 
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Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB, Kate’s clutch has been officially ID’ed! It is the Frome Suede Clutch Bag in navy from L.K. Bennett (originally £185, currently on sale for £110).
 
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The clutch is also available in ‘pink – ray’ (currently sold out).
 

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Four Engagements and Three Outfit Changes for Kate on Day Six

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Day 7 began as the royal couple disembarked their RNZAF jet in Dunedin. They were greeted with a traditional Maori welcome from the Ngai Tahu tribe, who are the main tribe on the South Island.

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Elders from the tribe conducted a welcome – or Powhiri – which involved chanting at the couple from some distance before inviting them forward.

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Then the Duke and Duchess rubbed noses with their hosts in a traditional Maori welcome known as a hongi.

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After leaving the airport, William and Kate attended a Palm Sunday church service at Cathedral of St Paul .  The service lasted 75-minutes, and upon it’s conclusion the Duke and Duchess walked down the cathedral steps to cheers and crossed the road to chat to some of the well-wishers.

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The Duchess of Cambridge brightened up the day in a long-sleeved, turquoise Emilia Wickstead  dress. It featured a cinched waist, pleated skirt and fell just above the knee. Emilia Wickstead is a New Zealand born, London based designer and a long-time favorite of Kate.

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The dress may look familiar as it looks a lot like the pale pink Emilia Wickstead that Kate wore to the Buckingham Palace garden party (May 2012).

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore a Bespoke blue hat by milliner Jane Taylor, suede Valerie Carbon court shoes by Emmy London (£400), a Natasha Carbon envelope clutch in kid suede also by Emmy London (£290), the diamond fern brooch on loan from the Queen and her Kiki McDonough green amethyst and earrings.

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Next, it was off to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would each be coaching a children’s ‘Rippa Rugby’ team accompanied by members of the All Blacks.

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Rippa rugby is a non-contact form of the sport designed for primary school children with players ripping a flag from the belt of an opponent instead of tackling them.

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William’s team, ‘Clutha,’ beat Kate’s ‘Pirates’ 30-20.

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The Duchess changed out of her Emilia Wickstead dress into an oval knit sweater by Jonathan Saunders ($359 and sold out), blue skinny jeans and her taupe suede plimsolls by Mint Velvet.

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After the rugby match, William & Kate hopped a plane to Queenstown. Their first engagement was a visit to Amisfield Winery where they toured the vineyards and even tasted some of their wines.

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The Duchess of Cambridge changed a third time and wore her navy double breasted blazer with gold buttons by Zara, fitted blue and white gingham ‘boyfriend’ shirt from Gap ($49.95), navy skinny jeans and her trusty blue suede ‘Corkswoon’ wedges by Stuart Weitzman.

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After the winery, it was off to the Shotover River, one of New Zealand’s premier tourist attractions.

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After changing into waterproof jackets and donning lifejackets, the couple made their way down a ramp into one of the 15-seater boats. They waved for souvenir photographs and greeted hundreds of tourists and locals who had gathered downstream to see them.

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When they returned 20 minutes later, the couple were wet but clearly exhilarated.

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Kate Channels Jackie O Upon her Arrival in Wellington

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William, Kate and Prince George have landed in Wellington, New Zealand and have officially begun their royal tour.

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They were greeted on the tarmac by Prime Minister John Key, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown and aide-de-camp to the Governor-General of New Zealand Commander Richard Walker. Then, the family made their way via motorcade around Wellington Harbor’s bays to Government House.

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At Government House, the Duke and Duchess were given a ceremonial Maori welcome which included rubbing noses with a local dignitary and a traditional ancestral war cry dance.

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The Royals have no further official duties until Wednesday afternoon.

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The duchess stepped off the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane in a bright red, double-breasted coat with military-style silver buttons from London-based couture house Catherine Walker.

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It is, aptly called the ‘Russian Greatcoat,’ and is described as a sharply tailored military style greatcoat with high collar, full skirt and gleaming buttons (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions on FB for the additional info).

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Kate had a minor Marilyn moment while coming down the plane’s stairs. The coat’s voluminous skirt caught a gust of wind and revealed her fabulously toned legs.

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The designer was favored by the late Princess Diana who wore more than 1000 outfits by Catherine Walker, and was even buried in one of her black dresses.

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The Duchess matched her hat to her coat and wore a red pillbox ‘Seaford’ Gina Foster hat (£450).

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Kate completed her look with a bespoke pair of black pumps by UK label Emmy, a Natasha Carbon black envelope clutch in kid suede also by Emmy London (£290), Kiki McDonough Grace earrings and a silver diamond and platinum fern brooch, borrowed from the Queen’s personal jewelry collection.

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The monarch was given the bejeweled version of New Zealand’s recognized national symbol on Christmas Day 1953 during her landmark six month world tour.

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A committee of women’s organizations in Auckland raised money in order to gift the Queen with the standout jewel and it has been worn by the monarch for New Zealand-related functions ever since.

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Prince George didn’t seem to get the memo about Wellington’s weather – he was wearing summery white shorts, a cream cardigan over a white shirt and a pair of ivory leather pre-walker shoes by Early Days (£27).

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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.

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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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Wills & Kate Spend the Day at the Races

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance at Cheltenham for the final day of racing.

 
 
 

They arrived just in time to settle in before the 3.20pm Gold Cup Steeple Chase. Watching the races from a friend’s private box, the couple cheered on Mike Tindall’s horse, Monbeg Dude.

 
 
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Kate wrapped up in a double-breasted, dusty pink wool coat by Joseph that she was photographed wearing in 2008 before she was engaged to William. For today’s outing, it appears as though she had the buttons moved over about two inches, possibly to accommodate her growing baby bump.

 
 
 
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She paired her coat with all-brown accessories including a £245 brown felt James Lock & Co. Ltd. ‘Betty Boop’ hat that featured a statement bow on the side, a matching brown suede Emmy ‘Natasha’ clutch,  brown diamond patterned tights, $635 ‘Zipkin’ knee-high boots with a side zip in ‘Cola Suede’ by Stuart Weitzman and £52 chocolate brown Cornelia James wool gloves with side bow (thanks to WKW for the info on the gloves).

 
 
Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore new Kiki McDonough ‘Eternal’ Citrine Cushion & Diamond Earrings (£1200).

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Thanks to a follower on WKW for posting the above photo. It clearly shows that Kate is wearing her Max Mara animal print dress under her Joseph coat.