Duchess of Cambridge presents the Irish Guards with St Patrick’s Day shamrocks
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at the Mons Barracks in Aldershot to visit the Irish GuardsKate, who is eight months pregnant, was glamorous in a Catherine Walker coat and a Lock Co hatWatched the traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit to the Irish Guards.
Kate, 33, is eight months pregnant but showed no signs of fatigue as she 2017 Adidas Nmd New Arrived S81881 Unisex Green White 2017 Malaysia looking every inch the yummy mummy in a brown coat by Catherine Walker, a hat by the Duchess of Cornwall’s favourite milliner, Lock Co and brown suede shoes by Emmy London.
The Duchess was there to present the Irish Guards with their St. Patrick’s Day shamrock but ran into trouble when it came to pinning a posy onto regimental mascot, a three year old Irish wolfhound named Domhnall.
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She just weeks away from giving birth, but presenting shamrocks to soldiers at the St Patrick Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot has become a bit of a tradition for the Duchess of Cambridge.
And sticking with tradition, Kate kept her bump covered beneath a brown coat by Catherine Walker. The Chelsea based designer is well known for her upmarket couture famously worn by Princess Diana and Kate mother Carole Middleton.
This isn the first time that the Duchess has attended the event, and she has definitely mastered the art of dressing for the occasion. Although she didn wear green (as many might have predicted!), we love the dark brown colour of her coat, which perfectly matched her Lock Co hat (recycled from the 2012 parade) and Emmy London heels (buy them below).
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Domhnall, who had enjoyed a breakfast of tea and toast before the parade, appeared untroubled by his wardrobe malfunction. He was on a promise of a pint of Guinness later to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
The battalion, which still draws the majority of its recruits from Northern Ireland, is famous for its wolfhound mascots, the first of which, a dog named Brian Boru, was presented in 1902.
Canine complications apart, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, an Irish Guards tradition of more than 100 years standing, went smoothly, with the Duchess happily handing out shamrocks to human recipients without a hitch.
A custom begun by Queen Alexandra in 1901, the St Patrick’s Day shamrocks were once presented by the Queen Mother, although in recent years, Princess Anne has also taken on the job.
Since 2012, however, the duty has fallen to the Duchess of Cambridge whose husband, the Duke of Cambridge, is the current royal colonel of the Irish Guards.
Having a chat: The Duke of Cambridge bends down to chat with a trio of little girls during the St. Patrick’s Day ceremony
After the ceremony the Duke, in a frock coat with ceremonial sword, and Duchess met soldiers and their families before sitting for group photographs with the officers’ and sergeants’ mess.
The Duchess, clearly on cheerful form, couldn’t resist a joke during the group photos and was pictured trying to stifle a giggle much to the amusement of the Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit 824419-001 Men Black White Outlet Malaysia around her.
William, meanwhile, presented a Little Hero medal, specially created for the children of service personnel who served in Afghanistan, to six year old Alex Rowland. His father, Staff Sergeant Craig Rowland, who is with the Royal Logistics Corps, served there last year attached to the Irish Guards.
‘I gave him some crayons for Prince George and a bib for the baby,’ said Alex. ‘He said: “Thank you very much, that’s very kind”.’
One excited mother got a kiss from William to add to the royal peck she got from his dad Prince Charles 13 years ago.
Susan Crittenden, who comes from an Army family and lives at a nearby barracks, showed William a photo she has of her, holding her younger son Reece, then two and a half and now 15, in her arms when greeting Charles during a visit to Caterham barracks.
‘I told him I had a kiss from Prince Charles and he said “my goodness”. And when I asked him for a kiss I got one,’ she said. ‘He was very charming.’
Mrs Crittenden, 49, was also impressed by the Duchess and described her as ‘radiant’. ‘I can’t believe how she does it standing up all the time, in high heels, when you’re pregnant like that,’ she added.
Playing it safe: While the Duke enjoyed a pint of Guinness, the Duchess of Cambridge stuck to water
When she met young cadets, Kate expressed her delight that more young girls were getting involved. ‘She was saying how it’s good to see more girls and Adidas Nmd XR1 BB1967 Primeknit Unisex White Malaysia Outlet 2017 Adidas Nmd R1 BB2363 R1 Women Purple Black Outlet Malaysia in the cadet force,’ said Erin Nelson, 17, who had come over from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland for the parade.
‘She was asking if we saw it as a future career. She was really lovely.’
Later, the royal couple joined soldiers for a reception where the Duke tucked into a pint of Guinness. The Duchess, unsurprisingly, chose to stick to a glass of water.