The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Irish Guards at Mons Barracks in Aldershot for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
Prince William attended the parade as Colonel of the regiment, while Kate presented shamrocks to officers and guardsmen. This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated by Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, in 1901. Since then a female royal family member has always presented the shamrock. Following Queen Alexandra, it was the the Queen Mother, then Princess Anne and now the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate made an unexpected colour choice for her outfit today. It was predicted she would wear a festive green ensemble as she has done for her past three attendances.
Instead, Kate opted for a chestnut brown Catherine Walker coat. The piece is bespoke featuring a Chelsea collar, and a box pleated front and back. The fabric is a double wool crepe.
She wore her hair up in a beautiful chignon and topped it off with her Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Company 'Betty Boop' style hat.
The Duchess coordinated her handbag and shoes, wearing the Emmy 'Valerie' chocolate brown suede and matching Emmy 'Natasha' clutch.
Kate accessorized with her trusty Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings.
Kate kept her hands warm, wearing the brown Cornelia James 'Imogen' wool gloves.
Once again, the Duchess donned the Irish Guards gold shamrock brooch. The three-leaf brooch belongs to the regiment and they loan it to Kate for the occasion.
Following the parade, the royal couple met members of the regiment, before sitting for officers' and sergeants’ mess photographs. At the conclusion of the photographs, William and Kate visited a marquee where all-ranks where gathered. The longest serving guardsman in the battalion proposed a toast to the Duke and Duchess and thanked Kate for presenting the shamrock.
I desperately wanted to see the Duchess wear something green today, however I still loved this all-brown ensemble. She looked effortless even at 8 months pregnant!
A reminder that tomorrow, the Duchess of Cambridge will visit Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich, to learn about the Home-Start charity.
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