When Irish Eyes are Smiling: William & Catherine Attend St Patrick’s Day Parade

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

Three hundred and fifty soldiers marched onto the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall.

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The Duchess presented a shamrock to Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the Irish Guards’ mascot.

Catherine presented the shamrock to Officers and Warrant Officers, who in turn issued it along the ranks.

Since 2011, The Duchess has handed out shamrocks to the Irish Guards every year except in 2016. There was much brouhaha as she did not attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time in five years. HRH stayed home with Prince George who was two years old at the time and Princess Charlotte who was two months shy of her first birthday.

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

The Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs.

The soon to be parents of a new prince or princess then met soldiers and their families.

Wrapping up their visit today, the Duke and Duchess joined the Guardsmen’s lunch where the longest-serving Guardsman in the battalion proposed a toast to William and Catherine and thanked the Duchess for presenting the shamrock.

In 2016, 1st Battalion Irish Guards trooped its colour at the Queen’s Birthday Parade before returning to their primary role of light role infantry.

The battalion has now returned to public duties which included Changing of the Guard last week during the massive snowfall during Storm Emma.

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