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Kate Middleton and Prince William celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2019



Cheers! Kate dons a stunning emerald green Alexander McQueen coat and indulges her taste for Guinness on St Patrick's Day as she and William pay a visit to the soldiers of the Irish Guards

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating St Patrick's Day at traditional Irish Guards parade
  • William, who has been Colonel since 2011, is paying a visit to 1st Battalion's base in Hounslow, London 
  • The couple are set to be reunited with their furry friend Domhnall today, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound
  • The much-loved dog has his own Twitter account @officaligmascot and succeeded a hound named Conmael
  • Kate will present the sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers, before William salutes march past 
  • The Duke and Duchess will then be toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch 

By Unity Blott For Mailonline

Published: 07:10 EDT, 17 March 2019 | Updated: 11:18 EDT, 17 March 2019

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have toasted St Patrick's Day with a traditional pint of Guinness after watching a traditional parade of the Irish Guards.

Kate and William, who has been Colonel of the Irish Guards since 2011, arrived on Sunday morning for their annual visit to the 1st Battalion at their base in Hounslow, west London.

Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional emerald green, teaming a custom coat with a matching hat and £510 Gianvito Rossi pumps, while her husband was dressed in full military attire. 

She added a pair of special edition green amethyst and green tourmaline earrings from Kiki McDonough. 

In a tradition stretching back more than a century, Kate presented sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers, before a march past where her husband took the salute.

The couple were later toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess was formally thanked for presenting the shamrock.

Cheers! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a pint of Guinness after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where she presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards
Cheers! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a pint of Guinness after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where she presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Cheers! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a pint of Guinness after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where she presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Kate looked delighted to be reunited with Domhnall
Kate looked delighted to be reunited with Domhnall
At past parades, the Duke has sipped on a traditional pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day however last year Kate, who was heavily pregnant with Prince Louis, opted for a sparkling water instead.
At past parades, the Duke has sipped on a traditional pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day however last year Kate, who was heavily pregnant with Prince Louis, opted for a sparkling water instead.

Kate looked delighted to be reunited with Domhnall the Irish wolfhound, the Irish Guards' furry mascot. At past parades, the Duke has sipped on a traditional pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day although last year Kate, who was heavily pregnant with Prince Louis, opted for a sparkling water instead

Flowers fit for a princess: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receive a posy as they attend the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards
Flowers fit for a princess: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receive a posy as they attend the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Flowers fit for a princess: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receive a posy as they attend the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Making friends: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a joke with officers following the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where they presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards
Making friends: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a joke with officers following the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where they presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Making friends: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a joke with officers following the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where they presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Feeling broody? The Duchess of Cambridge (right) coos over a baby at the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards
Feeling broody? The Duchess of Cambridge (right) coos over a baby at the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Feeling broody? The Duchess of Cambridge (right) coos over a baby at the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Princess on parade: Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional emerald green
Princess on parade: Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional emerald green
She teamed a buttoned coat with a matching floral hat and Gianvito Rossi pumps while her husband was dressed in full military attire
She teamed a buttoned coat with a matching floral hat and Gianvito Rossi pumps while her husband was dressed in full military attire

Princess on parade: Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional emerald green, teaming a buttoned coat with a matching floral hat and Gianvito Rossi pumps while her husband was dressed in full military attire

Look immaculate in emerald like Kate in a coat by Alexander McQueen

Honoring the Irish Guards on St Patrick’s Day is an annual event for the Duchess of Cambridge, and we can always count on her to be festively dressed for the occasion. Spoiler: there is a lot of green!

This year, Kate opted for a bespoke coat by Alexander McQueen, accessorized with a coordinating pillbox hat and Gianvito Rossi heels, creating a seasonally-appropriate ensemble.

She added a touch of glamor with amethyst earrings from Kiki McDonough and the special Cartier shamrock brooch, which is loaned to royal members for engagements with the Guards.

When it comes to outerwear, a rich emerald hue can do no wrong and Kate’s coat ticks plenty of boxes with its military-inspired aesthetic. Featuring a statement buttons and a fit-and-flare silhouette, it ensured the Duchess was the epitome of elegance.

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Flashback: It's not the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has enjoyed a traditional pint of Guinness; seen here on St. Patrick's Day in 2017. The following year, she was left to sip on sparkling water while pregnant with her third child
Flashback: It's not the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has enjoyed a traditional pint of Guinness; seen here on St. Patrick's Day in 2017. The following year, she was left to sip on sparkling water while pregnant with her third child

Flashback: It's not the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has enjoyed a traditional pint of Guinness; seen here on St. Patrick's Day in 2017. The following year, she was left to sip on sparkling water while pregnant with her third child

Since 1901, when the regiment was first founded by order of Queen Victoria, the tradition has traditionally been presided over by a woman - with the exception of 1950, when King George VI presented the shamrocks to mark the regiment’s 50 anniversary. 

The shamrock's three heart-shaped leaves represent Ireland and the Holy Trinity. God and country and, on St Patrick’s Day every year, it’s handed out to Irish Guards who fight and die in the British Armed Forces. 

In times of war, the shamrock is shipped out to them to be tucked into their Kevlar helmets, and for those at home the ultimate honour is to have it presented by a senior female member of the royal family family. 

The tradition which began in 1901 later became the trademark of the Queen Mother who maintained it until she died - once missing her favourite day’s racing at Cheltenham to be at the St Patrick’s Day parade. 

It was later taken up by Princess Anne, however since 2012 the duty has fallen to the Duchess of Cambridge whose husband is the current royal colonel of the Irish Guards. 

Kate has attended every year since - except for 2016, with her decision to remain at Anmer Hall with her two young children causing controversy - and is dressed in head-to-toe green. 

Princess on parade! Kate and her husband, who has been Colonel of the Irish Guards since 2011, are paying their annual visit to the 1st Battalion at their base in Hounslow, west London
Princess on parade! Kate and her husband, who has been Colonel of the Irish Guards since 2011, are paying their annual visit to the 1st Battalion at their base in Hounslow, west London

Princess on parade! Kate and her husband, who has been Colonel of the Irish Guards since 2011, are paying their annual visit to the 1st Battalion at their base in Hounslow, west London 

The Duke of Cambridge salutes the Irish Guards following their traditional march past as the Duchess looks on. The the Duke of Cambridge took on the role of the Guards' royal colonel in 2012, a year after his wedding
The Duke of Cambridge salutes the Irish Guards following their traditional march past as the Duchess looks on. The the Duke of Cambridge took on the role of the Guards' royal colonel in 2012, a year after his wedding

The Duke of Cambridge salutes the Irish Guards following their traditional march past as the Duchess looks on. The the Duke of Cambridge took on the role of the Guards' royal colonel in 2012, a year after his wedding

All smiles: The couple looked to be in excellent spirits today
All smiles: The couple looked to be in excellent spirits today
The couple were later toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess was formally thanked for presenting the shamrock.
The couple were later toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess was formally thanked for presenting the shamrock.

All smiles: The couple looked to be in excellent spirits today. The couple were later toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess was formally thanked for presenting the shamrock

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards - a tradition dating back to the early 1900s
The Duchess of Cambridge attends the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards - a tradition dating back to the early 1900s

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, to present shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards - a tradition dating back to the early 1900s

Kate shares a giggle as she meets officers today
Kate shares a giggle as she meets officers today
In a tradition stretching back more than a century, Kate presented sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers, before a march past where her husband will take the salute
In a tradition stretching back more than a century, Kate presented sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers, before a march past where her husband will take the salute

Kate shares a giggle as she meets officers today. In a tradition stretching back more than a century, Kate presented sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers, before a march past where her husband will take the salute

Kate wrapped up warm in a pair of black gloves and wore a decorative floral hat. She added a pair of special edition green amethyst and green tourmaline earrings from Kiki McDonough to her St. Patrick's Day look
Kate wrapped up warm in a pair of black gloves and wore a decorative floral hat. She added a pair of special edition green amethyst and green tourmaline earrings from Kiki McDonough to her St. Patrick's Day look

Kate wrapped up warm in a pair of black gloves and wore a decorative floral hat. She added a pair of special edition green amethyst and green tourmaline earrings from Kiki McDonough to her St. Patrick's Day look

Kate prepares to present soldiers with shamrock. The tradition which began in 1901 later became the trademark of the Queen Mother who maintained it until she died - once missing her favourite day’s racing at Cheltenham to be at the St Patrick’s Day parade
Kate prepares to present soldiers with shamrock. The tradition which began in 1901 later became the trademark of the Queen Mother who maintained it until she died - once missing her favourite day’s racing at Cheltenham to be at the St Patrick’s Day parade

Kate prepares to present soldiers with shamrock. The tradition which began in 1901 later became the trademark of the Queen Mother who maintained it until she died - once missing her favourite day’s racing at Cheltenham to be at the St Patrick’s Day parade

Kate is all smiles as she arrives at the Cavalry Barracks this morning. One of the five regiments of the Foot Guards, the Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War
Kate is all smiles as she arrives at the Cavalry Barracks this morning. One of the five regiments of the Foot Guards, the Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War

Kate is all smiles as she arrives at the Cavalry Barracks this morning. One of the five regiments of the Foot Guards, the Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War

Kate presents shamrocks to officers in London today.The tradition which began in 1901 later became the trademark of the Queen Mother who maintained it until she died - once missing her favourite day’s racing at Cheltenham to be at the St Patrick’s Day parade
Kate presents shamrocks to officers in London today.The tradition which began in 1901 later became the trademark of the Queen Mother who maintained it until she died - once missing her favourite day’s racing at Cheltenham to be at the St Patrick’s Day parade

Kate presents shamrocks to officers in London today.The tradition which began in 1901 later became the trademark of the Queen Mother who maintained it until she died - once missing her favourite day’s racing at Cheltenham to be at the St Patrick’s Day parade

Kate is handed a sprig of shamrock to pin to Domhnall's coat. Domhnall, which is Gaelic for 'world leader', traditionally leads 350 soldiers as they march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks on Sunday morning, although concerns have been raised about his ailing health in recent years
Kate is handed a sprig of shamrock to pin to Domhnall's coat. Domhnall, which is Gaelic for 'world leader', traditionally leads 350 soldiers as they march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks on Sunday morning, although concerns have been raised about his ailing health in recent years

Kate is handed a sprig of shamrock to pin to Domhnall's coat. Domhnall, which is Gaelic for 'world leader', traditionally leads 350 soldiers as they march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks on Sunday morning, although concerns have been raised about his ailing health in recent years

Old friends: The couple were also reunited with their furry friend Domhnall, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound and mascot they have met several times previously, at Cavalry Barracks today
Old friends: The couple were also reunited with their furry friend Domhnall, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound and mascot they have met several times previously, at Cavalry Barracks today

Old friends: The couple were also reunited with their furry friend Domhnall, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound and mascot they have met several times previously, at Cavalry Barracks today

The Duchess pets the Irish Guards' mascot, Domhnall. The much-loved hound, who has his own Twitter account @officaligmascot and succeeded a dog named Conmael, joined the Irish Guards in 2012, a year after the Duke of Cambridge took on the role of the Guards' royal colonel
The Duchess pets the Irish Guards' mascot, Domhnall. The much-loved hound, who has his own Twitter account @officaligmascot and succeeded a dog named Conmael, joined the Irish Guards in 2012, a year after the Duke of Cambridge took on the role of the Guards' royal colonel

The Duchess pets the Irish Guards' mascot, Domhnall. The much-loved hound, who has his own Twitter account @officaligmascot and succeeded a dog named Conmael, joined the Irish Guards in 2012, a year after the Duke of Cambridge took on the role of the Guards' royal colonel

Kate pins a traditional sprig of shamrock. to the pooch's coat. Domhnall, which is Gaelic for 'world leader', traditionally leads 350 soldiers as they march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks on Sunday morning
Kate pins a traditional sprig of shamrock. to the pooch's coat. Domhnall, which is Gaelic for 'world leader', traditionally leads 350 soldiers as they march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks on Sunday morning

Kate pins a traditional sprig of shamrock. to the pooch's coat. Domhnall, which is Gaelic for 'world leader', traditionally leads 350 soldiers as they march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks on Sunday morning

Kate opted for her signature beauty look of rosy cheeks and a nude lip. The couple will later be toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess will be thanked for presenting the shamrock
Kate opted for her signature beauty look of rosy cheeks and a nude lip. The couple will later be toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess will be thanked for presenting the shamrock

Kate opted for her signature beauty look of rosy cheeks and a nude lip. The couple will later be toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess will be thanked for presenting the shamrock

The couple were also reunited with their furry friend Domhnall, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound and mascot they have met several times previously, at Cavalry Barracks today.

Domhnall, which is Gaelic for 'world leader', traditionally leads 350 soldiers as they march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks on Sunday morning, although concerns have been raised about his ailing health in recent years.

The much-loved hound, who has his own Twitter account @officaligmascot and succeeded a dog named Conmael, joined the Irish Guards in 2012, a year after the Duke of Cambridge took on the role of the Guards' royal colonel.

At past parades, the Duke has sipped on a traditional pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day although last year Kate, who was heavily pregnant with Prince Louis, opted for a sparkling water instead.

One of the five regiments of the Foot Guards, the Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War.

Since then, the Guards, who, like all Guards regiments boast the Queen as their colonel-in-chief, have fought in all the major 20th century conflicts and, more recently, led the British advance into Basra during the Iraq War in 2003. 

Kate and William arrive in Hounslow to honour the Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day
Kate and William arrive in Hounslow to honour the Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day
Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional green, teaming a military style coat with a black floral hat
Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional green, teaming a military style coat with a black floral hat

Kate and William arrive in Hounslow to honour the Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day. Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional green, teaming a military style coat with a black floral hat

Kate shares a giggle with officers in Hounslow today. The couple were reunited with their furry friend Domhnall, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound and mascot they have met several times previously, at Cavalry Barracks today
Kate shares a giggle with officers in Hounslow today. The couple were reunited with their furry friend Domhnall, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound and mascot they have met several times previously, at Cavalry Barracks today

Kate shares a giggle with officers in Hounslow today. The couple were reunited with their furry friend Domhnall, a seven-year-old Irish wolfhound and mascot they have met several times previously, at Cavalry Barracks today

The couple were all smiles as they arrived in west London this morning
The couple were all smiles as they arrived in west London this morning
At past parades, the Duke has sipped on a traditional pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day however last year Kate, who was heavily pregnant with Prince Louis, opted for a sparkling water instead
At past parades, the Duke has sipped on a traditional pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day however last year Kate, who was heavily pregnant with Prince Louis, opted for a sparkling water instead

The couple were all smiles as they arrived in west London this morning. At past parades, the Duke has sipped on a traditional pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day however last year Kate, who was heavily pregnant with Prince Louis, opted for a sparkling water instead

Royal tradition: In a tradition stretching back more than a century, Kate presentS the sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers - before a march past where her husband will take the salute
Royal tradition: In a tradition stretching back more than a century, Kate presentS the sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers - before a march past where her husband will take the salute

Royal tradition: In a tradition stretching back more than a century, Kate presentS the sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers - before a march past where her husband will take the salute 

The Duchess is greeted by officers
The Duchess is greeted by officers
Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional emerald green, teaming a buttoned coat with a matching floral hat and Gianvito Rossi pumps while her husband was dressed in full military attire
Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional emerald green, teaming a buttoned coat with a matching floral hat and Gianvito Rossi pumps while her husband was dressed in full military attire

The Duchess is greeted by officers. Paying sartorial tribute to Ireland's national day, Kate donned traditional emerald green, teaming a coat with a matching floral hat and Gianvito Rossi pumps while her husband was dressed in full military attire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photograph with officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards during the regiment's St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, west London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photograph with officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards during the regiment's St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, west London

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photograph with officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards during the regiment's St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, west London

Kate and William pose for a photograph with officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards during the regiment's St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, after Kate presented the troops with shamrock
Kate and William pose for a photograph with officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards during the regiment's St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, after Kate presented the troops with shamrock

Kate and William pose for a photograph with officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards during the regiment's St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, after Kate presented the troops with shamrock

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for the traditional group photograph. One of the five regiments of the Foot Guards, the Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for the traditional group photograph. One of the five regiments of the Foot Guards, the Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for the traditional group photograph. One of the five regiments of the Foot Guards, the Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War

Kate and William took part in the traditional group photo. The couple were later toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess was formally thanked for presenting the shamrock
Kate and William took part in the traditional group photo. The couple were later toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess was formally thanked for presenting the shamrock

Kate and William took part in the traditional group photo. The couple were later toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess was formally thanked for presenting the shamrock

Making friends: The Duke Duchess of Cambridge chat to a little girl after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where she presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards
Making friends: The Duke Duchess of Cambridge chat to a little girl after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where she presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Making friends: The Duke Duchess of Cambridge chat to a little girl after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where she presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

William presents medals to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards as he attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards St Patrick's Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks - after Kate presented officers with shamrocks
William presents medals to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards as he attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards St Patrick's Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks - after Kate presented officers with shamrocks

William presents medals to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards as he attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards St Patrick's Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks - after Kate presented officers with shamrocks

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where they presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where they presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after attending the St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, where they presented shamrock to officers and guardsmen of 1st Battalion the Irish Guards

Famous faces: One little girl appeared less than impressed at the prospect of meeting the Duchess of Cambridge as she mingled with guests at a reception during this morning's St. Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow
Famous faces: One little girl appeared less than impressed at the prospect of meeting the Duchess of Cambridge as she mingled with guests at a reception during this morning's St. Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow

Famous faces: One little girl appeared less than impressed at the prospect of meeting the Duchess of Cambridge as she mingled with guests at a reception during this morning's St. Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow

All in the details: The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore an emerald green coat believed to be from Alexander McQueen, added a custom hat and a pair of special edition green amethyst and green tourmaline earrings from Kiki McDonough
All in the details: The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore an emerald green coat believed to be from Alexander McQueen, added a custom hat and a pair of special edition green amethyst and green tourmaline earrings from Kiki McDonough

All in the details: The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore an emerald green coat believed to be from Alexander McQueen, added a custom hat and a pair of special edition green amethyst and green tourmaline earrings from Kiki McDonough

The Duke of Cambridge, dressed in full military attire, wasted no time in getting into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day as he sipped on Guinness
The Duke of Cambridge, dressed in full military attire, wasted no time in getting into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day as he sipped on Guinness
William during a visit to at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow to watch the Irish Guards' annual parade
William during a visit to at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow to watch the Irish Guards' annual parade

The Duke of Cambridge, dressed in full military attire, wasted no time in getting into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day as he sipped on Guinness during a visit to at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow to watch the Irish Guards' annual parade

The Guards were also among the last units to be deployed to Afghanistan and in 2013, were drafted in to play a mentoring role for local Afghan troops before being returned to the UK in time for the Queen's birthday parade.

Three years of ceremonial duties for the Irish Guards came to an end in January and their main focus of the past 12 months was on exercise Askari Storm, a battlegroup exercise in Kenya.

It currently has troops deployed in Uganda, Jordan and Kenya, and training will ramp up in September ahead of missions to South Sudan and Iraq.

Alongside its role serving in British conflicts overseas, the Irish Guards also serve in ceremonial and public duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James's Palace and the Tower of London.

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