The Duchess of Cambridge participated in a much anticipated engagement today, the first of many for this week. Today is celebrated as St. George’s Day, and therefore the day of the National Scouts Parade. St George is the Patron Saint of the UK Scouts. While the holiday is technically on April 23, it is celebrated on the closest Sunday. Kate is a frequent volunteer for the UK Scouts and was recently seen braving the snow to spend time with them. It was no doubt an honor for her to participate in the annual event.
The events officially started at 2PM GMT, but crowds began gathering very early on. At almost 2PM on the dot, the Duchess came onto the lawn at Windsor Castle. She was greeted by a few younger Scouts who presented her with very colorful bouquets, no doubt inspired by Spring!
Kate did a walk-about, “inspecting” the many Scouts who were privileged to stand on the lawn. Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, escorted the Duchess to inspect the scouts and the VIPs. There were parades, celebrations, and ceremonial marching during the hour-long ceremony on the lawns of Windsor Castle.
The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a Mulberry Frayed coat in Mint Cotton Tweed, her Whiteley Cappuccino hat and her trusty LK Bennett sledge heels.The coat retails for about $3000 and is from their Spring 2013 collection. Kate was also wearing a mint dress, currently unidentified, carried her Russell and Bromley Nude Patent Box Clutch and rumor has it her Kiki McDonough Eternal Citrine Drop Earrings.
The parade and lawn ceremonies were followed by a church service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Church ceremonies are typical and encouraged by the Scout Association on St. George’s Day. They are encouraged to be multi-faith services and engaging for the younger scouts.