When Irish Eyes are Smiling: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 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, Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow today.

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

The Duchess as she has in the past presented the shamrock to officers and warrant officers, who in turn issued it along the ranks.

A minute’s silence was held for the victims of the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand before the parade concluded with a march-past where The Duke then took the salute.

The Duke and Duchess then met members of the regiment before sitting for the official officers’ and sergeants’ mess photographs. Following the photo, they met with soldiers and their families.

William and Catherine went on to visit the Guardsman’s Lunch, where the longest-serving Guardsman in the battalion proposed a toast to Their Royal Highnesses and thank the Duchess for presenting the gift of a shamrock.

The Irish Guards were established on 1 April 1900 by Queen Victoria in honour of the countless acts of courage and bravery performed by Irish regiments during the Second Boer War. Since then, the regiment has continued to prove its spirit in many significant conflicts.

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