Duchess of Cambridge leads traditional shamrock presentation ceremony

Duchess of Cambridge presenting Shamrock to an Irish guard

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Duchess of Cambridge presenting Shamrock to an Irish guardThe Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has celebrated the St Patrick’s Day by presenting members of the Irish guards the sprigs of shamrock at their annual parade in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Kate was looking radiant today in an elegant green dress coat with a chocolate brown hat and an Irish Guards brooch that belonged to the Queen Mother as she attended the traditional parade in Aldershot.

Kate has travelled to their barracks to meet officers and soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the regiment, of which her husband, Prince William is honorary colonel. The Duchess handed out 40 sprigs of shamrock in the celebration ceremony, which dates back more than 100 years. The whole regiment was dressed in full ceremonial outfit – the same red wedding dress worn by Prince William in Westminster Abbey last year.

During the parade, one of the soldiers had fainted due to the overwhelming event and had to be taken for medical treatment. Besides the officers and soldiers, Kate presented shamrock to the regiment’s mascot, an Irish wolfhound known as Conmeal.

This ceremony at Mons Barracks, symbolizes the start of a close relationship with the Irish Guards for the Duchess. It was Duchess’ first solo military engagement and just came before her first public speech on Monday.

The ceremonial presentation of Shamrock is a continuation of a long Royal traditional celebration with other members of the family who have previously presented the shamrock including Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who passed away in 2002.

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