Today's appearance marked William and Kate's first joint engagement of the year; we last saw the couple together in an official capacity at Sandringham on Christmas Day. The royal couple recently returned from a week-long luxury holiday in the Maldives where they stayed in a paradise resort. Following their return it is believed they spent the weekend in Bucklebury with the Middletons where they were undoubtedly delighted to see little George. They were spotted out and about in Berkshire shopping at a local butchers.
The couple were all smiles upon arrival. Reporters noted they were in great spirits and very affectionate with each other at the event.
A decree in 1900 stated:
'Her Majesty The Queen, is pleased to order that in future, upon St. Patrick's Day, all ranks of her Irish regiments shall wear, as a distinction, a sprig of shamrock in their head dress to commemorate the gallantry of her Irish soldiers during the recent battles in South Africa'.
Once again, the Duchess was on hand to distribute shamrock to 300 Irish Guards officers.
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Simon Perry shared a photo of the shamrock Kate handed out via Twitter.
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More on the 1st Batallion Irish Guards from the official website:
'The Irish Guards, part of the Guards Division, a Foot Guards regiment based in Mons Barracks, Aldershot. The current regiment was formed in 1900 by order of Queen Victoria in recognition of the many courageous acts carried out by Irish soldiers in the Second Boer War.
The regiment takes its motto "Quis Separabit" or "Who shall separate us?" from the Order of St. Patrick, an order of chivalry founded by George III. The regiment is involved in public and ceremonial duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James's Palace and The Tower of London.
The Irish Guards is a Light Role Infantry Battalion affectionately, and widely, known as The Micks.'
Her Royal Highness was presented with a spring of shamrock.
The regiment's mascot, Irish Wolfhound Domhnall (pronounced Donal) was on hand again today. Did you know this adorable dog has his own Facebook Page?
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Domhnall received his sprig of shamrock too :)
Kate and Prince William watched soldiers march to the parade square at the barracks, wearing full ceremonial uniform of scarlet tunics and bearskins. William was made colonel of the regiment in 2011 and chose to wear the full dress of the regiment to the Royal Wedding in 2011.
It is the third consecutive year Kate, styled as Baroness Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland has attended the event. The Queen Mother held this tradition for 38 years, The Princess Royal after her death, and it has now become something of a tradition for the Duchess, one we can expect to see continue. In 2012 and 2013 Kate selected a bespoke Emilia Wickstead coat dress.
William and Kate chatted with locals at the parade.
'Speaking to a former regimental sergeant major, the Duke of Cambridge said that for the time being: "one was enough". Dressed in full ceremonial wear, Prince William was asked whether any more 'baby micks' were on the way, to which he replied. "Maybe one day. One's enough at the moment". The Duke added: "Maybe, when there is time".
Speaking about Prince George, proud dad William said "he is busy crawling and eating".
I love this photo of Kate chatting with two little girls.
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Moving on to Kate's look today.
Many of us had hoped the Duchess would choose a new coat for this years parade and we were not disappointed. Kate elected to wear the gorgeous green Hobbs London Persephone Trench Coat. Readers may recall we suggested this coat as a possibility for Kate in a predictions post last October. It's always such fun when Her Royal Highness shows up in pieces formerly mentioned!
'Choose the Persephone trench in pine green for understated elegance. The cut and sew design, raw edges, traditional storm flap and epaulette detailing provide plenty of contemporary cool.'
The £279 garment (currently reduced to £195) comes in sizes 8-18. It is also available to purchase at House of Fraser.
Kate accessorised with a green belt and wore a short dress underneath.
Kate's green hat is by Gina Foster, It is described by the milliner as being a hard shell beret with a large bow.
Once again, Kate wore the Irish Guards gold Cartier shamrock brooch this year. The three-leaf brooch, which has been previously worn by The Queen Mother and Princess Anne, belongs to the regiment and they determine to whom it is loaned. Kate honoured the day with a sprig of shamrock on her lapel.
Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings.
Kate's deep green suede shoes are new, upon first look they appear to be the £400 Emmy Shoes Valerie in Carbon Pumps. The brand offers a bespoke service meaning the Duchess could have easily ordered them in green. I thought it quite a nice touch to complete the ensemble with. That matching clutch is also by Emmy Shoes.
Kate's hair looked fabulous.
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Kate's hair looked fabulous.
This look is 10/10 in my opinion. Kate looked tanned, radiant and most importantly appeared to be thoroughly enjoying herself. What did you think?