Updated on 03/17/2022 at 18:22
- In Ireland, traditional St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th.
- One animal in particular was delighted with Duchess Kate’s visit to the Irish Guards in Aldershot.
- A large Irish wolfhound greeted the royals at the celebrations.
Duchess Kate and her husband Prince William held their traditional visit to the Irish Guards on St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday (March 17). The Cambridges did not only meet the 1st Battalion at the Mons Barracks compound in Aldershot, Hampshire.
One soldier had the Guards mascot named Turlough Mor, also known as Seamus, at his side. The Irish wolfhound wore a red cape for the occasion and stood still. The Duchess showed no shyness in front of the big, gray four-legged friend and stroked his head.
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At the ceremony, Kate distributed according to the Daily Mail according to tradition also shamrocks to the members of the regiment. The 40-year-old wore a dark green coat dress by Laura Green London for the occasion. A waist belt emphasized the slim silhouette of the Duchess. She combined matching pumps and a hat with the outfit. Prince William, who is Honorary Colonel in the Irish Guards, wore a dark uniform.
Two years without celebrations due to the Corona pandemic
The couple attended the official celebrations for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020. Last year, the Cambridges only sent a video message to the Irish people. Prince William also put his language skills to the test and greeted the audience with the Irish words: “Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh” (“Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”). On March 17th, the Irish celebrate their national saint and patron saint St. Patrick every year.
According to an Instagram post on the Royal Family account, a royal family member has presented the Irish Guards with the shamrock every year since 1901. Queen Alexandra was the first to receive this honor. A photo from 1995 shows Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mum on the same occasion.
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On Monday afternoon, the Duchess of Cambridge attended the Commonwealth Day celebration at Westminster Abbey with her husband Prince William. And the Duchess drew everyone’s attention in the royal blue dress. (Image credit: picture alliance/dpa/PA Wire/Daniel Leal)