This morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards in Aldershot. The event has become an annual tradition for Kate, attending the event in 2012 and 2013 as well.
The Duchess of Cambridge on St. Patrick’s Day 2012
William and Catherine have a history with the regiment. The first St. Patrick’s Day which Kate attended was one of her first solo events as a royal. More importantly, William wore the Irish Guards uniform to the Royal Wedding in 2011.
We expect the pinning of shamrocks to be an annual event for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – a tradition for many years to come. It was previously a traditional event for the Queen Mother, but William and Catherine have settled into the role very well.
Domhnall, the Irish Guards Mascot – via Twitter
Its not just the guards who attend the event, but the Irish Guard’s Official Mascot, Domnhall. The very handsome Irish Wolfhound participates in major ceremonial events, such as this one and the Trooping the Colour. This is Domhnall’s second year as mascot. This morning, he got a very nice blowout for the event.
The Duchess of Cambridge gives Domhnall, the Irish Guards mascot, his shamrock! Woof!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the end of the traditional parade. As the bagpipes began to play, Kate handed out shamrocks to the Irish Guards, but most importantly to Domhnall who stole the show today with his adorable puppy cuteness (okay, so we have a thing for puppies…)
Kate looked very stylish, warm, and festive in the green Persephone coat by Hobbs. The coat retailed for $490 but is now on sale for $345. It is likely that Kate snagged it off the sale rack just in time for the event! The coat is a traditional trench style in “Pine Green” and is composed of a wool/viscose blend. Many thanks to Ashley Marie who shared the coat on Twitter.
After the shamrocks were all distributed, and the puppies were petted, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Mess Hall for a traditional shot of whiskey. Last year, the pregnant Duchess sipped juice instead, but this year it was bottoms up! Afterwards, they attended a luncheon and took group photographs before concluding the event.
Get Kate’s look!