Kate Middleton joins Prince William for the  Battalion Irish Guards parade 

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Kate Middleton joins Prince William for the  Battalion Irish Guards parade 

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The Duchess of Cambridge was elegant in teal while on military duty today as she joined Prince William for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit to the Irish Guards. 

Kate Middleton, 40, cut a chic figure in a gorgeous £3,200 Laura Green London dress, which she matched perfectly with complementing emerald accessories and a shamrock brooch, as she visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot.

The Duchess went on to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks, while the Duke, 39, could be seen proudly watching on. 

The mother-of-three appeared in high spirits during the parade, taking a moment to ruffle the head of the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, before appearing utterly charmed by one young family attending the event. 

It marks the first the time the mother-of-three and Prince William have attended the parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Duchess of Cambridge was elegant in teal while on military duty today as she joined Prince William for the traditional St. Patrick's Day visit to the Irish Guards

The Duchess of Cambridge was elegant in teal while on military duty today as she joined Prince William for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit to the Irish Guards

The Duchess of Cambridge with 20-month-old Gaia Money, as she attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards' St. Patrick's Day Parade with Prince William

The Duchess of Cambridge with 20-month-old Gaia Money, as she attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Prince William

Peekaboo! The royal couple were left chuckling as Lieutenant Colonel Rob Money put a bearskin hat on his 20-month-old daughter Gaia Money's head as they attended the 1st Battalion Irish Guards'

Peekaboo! The royal couple were left chuckling as Lieutenant Colonel Rob Money put a bearskin hat on his 20-month-old daughter Gaia Money’s head as they attended the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ 

A royal ruffle! Kate Middleton beamed as she stroked the head of the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, during the annual event today

A royal ruffle! Kate Middleton beamed as she stroked the head of the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, during the annual event today 

Kate's coat dress, by luxury womenswear designer Laura Green, is described online as a 'distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool'

Kate's coat dress, by luxury womenswear designer Laura Green, is described online as a 'distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool'

Kate’s coat dress, by luxury womenswear designer Laura Green, is described online as a ‘distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool’

The Duchess went on to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks (pictured)

The Duchess went on to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks (pictured)  

Showing off her motherly side! The Duchess stroked the head of one little girl during the event today, while the Duke proudly watched on

Showing off her motherly side! The Duchess stroked the head of one little girl during the event today, while the Duke proudly watched on 

Meanwhile Prince William joined his wife at the event earlier today, marking the first the time the  couple have attended the parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

Meanwhile Prince William joined his wife at the event earlier today, marking the first the time the  couple have attended the parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic 

Happy to be back! One young boy appeared overjoyed to be meeting the royals, greeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playfully with a salute

Happy to be back! One young boy appeared overjoyed to be meeting the royals, greeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playfully with a salute 

The mother-of-three could be seen stroking the head of the Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot while she presented him with his own sprig of shamrock to mark the occasion

The mother-of-three could be seen stroking the head of the Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot while she presented him with his own sprig of shamrock to mark the occasion

The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, accompanied by The Duchess of Cambridge, visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot

The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, accompanied by The Duchess of Cambridge, visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot

The Duchess swept her brunette locks into a low bun for the occasion, opting for a smart emerald fascinator which she wore atop her head.

Meanwhile she kept her makeup neutral, with a sweep of dark eyeliner across her lid and a touch of nude lipstick.  

Popular among wealthy fashionistas, Laura Green London employs teams of expert dressmakers to create bespoke pieces for their clients, who include presenters Lucy Verasamy and Charlotte Hawkins, and television personality Georgia Toffolo.

Zara Tindall, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, wore a Laura Green houndstooth coat dress to the Cheltenham Festival earlier this week. 

The designer has been operating the pop-up store in the capital during the pandemic, but normally insists on appointment-only visits to her private London showroom.

On her website, Laura Green states: ‘Fashion has the power to uplift and we want our clients to feel unbound to where or when they envision themselves wearing the pieces.’

Following the parade the Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers' and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army (pictured together)

Following the parade the Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army (pictured together) 

20-month-old Gaia appeared totally charmed by the playful trick from her father

20-month-old Gaia appeared totally charmed by the playful trick from her father

20-month-old Gaia appeared totally charmed by the playful trick from her father (pictured left and right, while Kate Middleton watched on) 

Charmed to meet you! The Duchess appeared utterly taken with one little girl, who presented her with a posey of pink and white flowers (pictured)

Charmed to meet you! The Duchess appeared utterly taken with one little girl, who presented her with a posey of pink and white flowers (pictured) 

The mother-of-three crouched down to the ground to speak to the little girl, who appeared to hide behind her posey of flowers

The mother-of-three crouched down to the ground to speak to the little girl, who appeared to hide behind her posey of flowers 

Meanwhile the Duke could be seen playfully tweaking at one little tot's toes during the parade earlier this morning (pictured)

Meanwhile the Duke could be seen playfully tweaking at one little tot’s toes during the parade earlier this morning (pictured) 

The Duchess was in high spirits as she joined the Officers and Guardsmen attending the St Patrick's Day Parade in Aldershot

The Duchess was in high spirits as she joined the Officers and Guardsmen attending the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot

Following the parade the Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers' and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army

Following the parade the Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army

Kate with 20-month-old Gaia Money and her mother Lorraine Money, as she attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards' St. Patrick's Day Parade

Kate with 20-month-old Gaia Money and her mother Lorraine Money, as she attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as she chatted with Lorraine Money, the mother of 20-month-old Gaia Money

The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as she chatted with Lorraine Money, the mother of 20-month-old Gaia Money

The royal couple smile and laugh as Lieutenant Colonel Rob Money puts a bearskin hat on his 20-month-old daughter Gaia Money's head

The royal couple smile and laugh as Lieutenant Colonel Rob Money puts a bearskin hat on his 20-month-old daughter Gaia Money’s head

The coat dress is described online as a ‘distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool’. 

As well as presenting the Irish guards with the sprigs of shamrock, the Duchess shared a playful moment with the Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot. 

Animal lover Kate, who has a cocker spaniel puppy at home, presented the animal with his own sprig of shamrock to mark the occasion before ruffling the fur on his head and beaming.

The parade will conclude with a march-past where Prince William will take the salute.

Following the parade the Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army. 

The Duchess appeared gentle as she slipped the shamrock onto the collar of the Irish Guards regimental mascot (pictured)

The Duchess appeared gentle as she slipped the shamrock onto the collar of the Irish Guards regimental mascot (pictured) 

Animal-lover Kate could be seen reaching down to pin the shamrock to the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, during the St Patrick's Day Parade in Aldershot

Animal-lover Kate could be seen reaching down to pin the shamrock to the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, during the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speaks to an young guest as they attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards' St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speaks to an young guest as they attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War

The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War

Turlough Már, the Irish wolf hound regimental mascot, also known as Seamus, ahead of the arrival of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards' St. Patrick's Day Parade

Turlough Már, the Irish wolf hound regimental mascot, also known as Seamus, ahead of the arrival of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Kate and William will then visit the Junior Ranks dining hall where the Senior Guardsman in the Battalion will propose a toast to Their Royal Highnesses.  

A custom begun by Queen Alexandra in 1901, the St Patrick’s Day shamrocks were once presented by the Queen Mother, although in recent years, Princess Anne has also taken on the job.

Since 2012, however, the duty has fallen to Kate, whose husband, the Duke of Cambridge, is the current royal colonel of the Irish Guards.

The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War.

Meanwhile the Duke of Cambridge (pictured left, in black) proudly watched as his wife presented the sprigs of shamrock to the Irish Officers and Guardsmen

 Meanwhile the Duke of Cambridge (pictured left, in black) proudly watched as his wife presented the sprigs of shamrock to the Irish Officers and Guardsmen

The mother-of-three went on to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks (pictured, and far left in black, Prince William)

The mother-of-three went on to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks (pictured, and far left in black, Prince William) 

Kate could be seen chatting with the Irish Guards as she joined the annual parade in Aldershot earlier this morning

Kate could be seen chatting with the Irish Guards as she joined the annual parade in Aldershot earlier this morning

(pictured, the Duchess today)  Kate could be seen chatting with the Irish Guards as she joined the annual parade in Aldershot earlier this morning

A general view of sprigs of shamrock ahead of the arrival of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (pictured)

A general view of sprigs of shamrock ahead of the arrival of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) 

Following the parade the Duke (pictured) and Duchess will meet members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers' and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army

Following the parade the Duke  and Duchess (pictured) will meet members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers' and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army

Following the parade the Duke (pictured left) and Duchess (pictured right) will meet members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army

The Duchess swept her brunette locks into a low bun for the occasion, opting for a smart emerald fascinator which she wore atop her head

The Duchess swept her brunette locks into a low bun for the occasion, opting for a smart emerald fascinator which she wore atop her head

Since then, the Guards, who, like all Guards regiments boast the Queen as their colonel-in-chief, have fought in all the major 20th century conflicts and, more recently, led the British advance into Basra during the Iraq War in 2003.

The Irish Guards were also among the last units to be deployed to Afghanistan and in 2013, were drafted in to play a mentoring role for local Afghan troops before being returned to the UK in time for the Queen’s birthday parade.

The engagement comes amid a busy period for the couple, who are about to embark on a week-long tour of the Caribbean.

William and Kate will visit the Caribbean as part of a tour of Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize – countries that are all still Commonwealth realms.

The Duchess appeared in good spirits as she chatted with the Irish Guards during the parade earlier today (pictured)

The Duchess appeared in good spirits as she chatted with the Irish Guards during the parade earlier today (pictured) 

The Duchess' smart green teal coat dress featured a distinctive sharp collar and a large oversized belt detail

The Duchess’ smart green teal coat dress featured a distinctive sharp collar and a large oversized belt detail 

The couple are set to launch a royal charm offensive on their first joint visit to Jamaica – with insiders hoping Kate will be a key player in persuading the country to stay in the Commonwealth.  

In November, Barbados made the move to become a republic, losing the Queen as its official head of state, and Jamaica’s prime minister has confirmed his own country would now be keen to follow suit. 

Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s prime minister, said just days after the official ceremony took place in Barbados to mark independence: ‘There is no question that Jamaican has to become republic.’ 

However, the Cambridges’  first major joint overseas tour since before the pandemic – coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – could see the country persuaded otherwise. 

Meanwhile the mother-of-three pinned a shamrock brooch to her chest and opted for drop emerald earrings for the outing today

Meanwhile the mother-of-three pinned a shamrock brooch to her chest and opted for drop emerald earrings for the outing today 

The Duchess cut a chic figure in a gorgeous teal coat dress, which she matched perfectly with complementing green accessories, as she visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot

The Duchess cut a chic figure in a gorgeous teal coat dress, which she matched perfectly with complementing green accessories, as she visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot

The coat dress, by luxury womenswear designer Laura Green, is described online as a 'distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool'

The coat dress, by luxury womenswear designer Laura Green, is described online as a ‘distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool’

A visit from Kate and William – England’s future king and queen – could shore up crucial support for the Monarchy in the region.  

And earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and hundreds of dignitaries and schoolchildren at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen, who has recently recovered from coronavirus and has been experiencing mobility issues, had hoped to attend in person but asked her son Charles to represent her at the service after discussing arrangements with members of the Royal Household.

Ensuring the comfort of the monarch, who now regularly uses a stick, is thought to have been an overriding consideration in her decision not to take part.

Kate Middleton, 40, cut an elegant figure in a gorgeous emerald coat dress, which she matched perfectly with complementing green accessories, as she visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot

Kate Middleton, 40, cut an elegant figure in a gorgeous emerald coat dress, which she matched perfectly with complementing green accessories, as she visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot

Kate appeared in good spirits as she arrived  at the event earlier today. It marked the first time she has been in attendance since the start of the pandemic  

As she arrived at the event earlier today, the Duchess beamed at the Irish Guards greeting her in Aldershot

As she arrived at the event earlier today, the Duchess beamed at the Irish Guards greeting her in Aldershot 

The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War

The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War

The Irish Guards were also among the last units to be deployed to Afghanistan and in 2013, were drafted in to play a mentoring role for local Afghan troops before being returned to the UK in time for the Queen's birthday parade

The Irish Guards were also among the last units to be deployed to Afghanistan and in 2013, were drafted in to play a mentoring role for local Afghan troops before being returned to the UK in time for the Queen’s birthday parade

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