The Duchess of Cambridge presented shamrocks to soldiers from the Irish Guards as the regiment commemorated St Patrick’s Day in traditional fashion.
The Duchess gave out the sprigs as The Duke, Colonel of the Irish Guards, observed the parade and took the salute at the regiment’s base Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire.
Assembled for the ceremony today were proud family members and friends of the Guards who were seated on the parade square to enjoy the presentation of the shamrocks.
The tradition began in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII. The shamrocks were previously given by the Queen Mother.
Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus as the Royal couple would be known in Northern Ireland arrived at the military base by chauffeur driven car and were welcomed by commanding officer 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Boanas.
In honour of the festive spirit of today,the Duchess wore a smart emerald green coat by Hobbs and coordinating hat by Gina Foster. Adding to her ensemble was a gold Cartier Irish Guards brooch that was worn by the Queen Mother and a Royal Family heirloom. The Duke looked dashing in a Household Division frock coat complete with his ceremonial sword.
Happy St Patrick's Day: This is Conmael the Irish Wolfhound, who is the mascot of 1st Battalion The Irish Guards pic.twitter.com/F3UeVej4we
— British Army (@BritishArmy) March 17, 2014
Also taking part in today’s festivities was, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards mascot, Domhnall – the Irish Wolfhound. The British Army tweeted the endearing photo of their mascot. Domhnall also received a sprig of shamrocks from the Duchess.
Later today, the couple will meet members of the Regiment, before assembling for Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs. They will also visit the Guardsmens’ cookhouse then enjoy lunch privately in the Officers’ Mess before leaving the Mons Barracks.