The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow today. The Duke has been Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards since his wedding in 2011. The Duchess will hand out shamrocks to the army men and women for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland today.
Just before attending the parade (in the snow), the Duke and Duchess attended a reception. After watching the parade, that includes lots of music and 250 soldiers marching onto the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks, the Duchess presented the army men and women with their Shamrock.
The Duke and the Duchess have been attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade since their wedding. The Duchess flew solo in 2012, and the Duke went without his Duchess in 2016. For the rest of the years, the two went together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards. The favourite part of this tradition is for many the Domhnall, the wolf hound mascot of the Irish Guards, who always gets a shamrock too from TRH.
After the parade and the presenting of the shamrock, the Duke and the Duchess join army men and women inside the barracks. They attend the traditional Guardsman’s lunch, where the longest-serving guardsman is to propose a toast to the royals and thank the Duchess for presenting the shamrock again this year. Usually, both the Duke and Duchess are seen sipping Guinness beer, but since the Duchess is pregnant, she’s only drinking water this year.
In addition, an official photograph of the Royal Colonel, the Duchess and the soldiers of the Irish Guards was taken.
The Duchess is wearing a green coat by Catherine Walker (first worn in Stockholm earlier this year), a black faux-fur collar, a green small hat with a bow from Gina Foster (worn for this event in 2014) and her trusty black Tod’s heels. Her earrings are by Kiki McDonough.