Kate Middleton wears emerald green for St Patrick’s Day as she meets troops

Kate Middleton wears emerald green for St Patrick’s Day as she meets troops

Emerald green was the colour of choice as the Duchess of Cambridge celebrated St Patrick’s Day at a parade of the Irish Guards.

The former Kate Middleton and Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, met soldiers from the 1st Battalion at their base in Hounslow, west London.

They led a minute of silence to pay respects to the victims of Friday’s terror attack at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Kate wore a long green, military-inspired coat by Alexander McQueen with a Cartier gold shamrock brooch, a matching Lock and Co hat, and heels, while William wore his military uniform.

They reunited with their furry friend Domhnall, an Irish wolfhound and mascot they have met several times previously.

Kate patted and stroked the dog several times while presenting him with a shamrock.

Sunday morning’s parade began with the Last Post, before a minute of silence was observed by the royals, the Irish Guards and their families who stood in memory of the 50 victims of the New Zealand terror attack.

The sun shone as Kate, wearing gloves on a chilly and windy morning that felt like 4C, handed out baskets of shamrock as William watched close behind in his Irish Guards Frock Coat in the rank of Colonel.

After Kate presented the shamrock to officers and warrant officers, three cheers were raised to the royal duo before a march past where William took the salute.

Domhnall, which is Gaelic for "world leader", led 350 soldiers in a march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks.

The soldiers’ families proudly watched on wrapped up warm with blankets to protect from the cold March wind.

Drummer David Murray, Domhnall’s regimental handler, said the St Patrick’s Day parade was "number one" in his calendar and like a "second birthday".

The mascot, wearing a red coat, was presented with his first shamrock in 2013.

Drummer Murray said: "We’ve had a week-long preparation as a battalion, we’ve had a couple of rehearsals, couple of little bits that we’ve had to obviously fine tune.

"Domhnall – he’s been in the battalion since 2012, he’s pretty good at his job… doesn’t really need to fine tune much so in regards to me and him it’s been quite a smooth week."

He added: "He helps me through the parade to be honest, he knows what he’s doing."

Since 1901, when the regiment was first founded by order of Queen Victoria, the regiment’s parade has traditionally been presided over by a woman.

After the parade, William, 36, and Kate, 37, were toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman’s Lunch, and the duchess thanked for presenting the shamrock.

At past parades the Duke has sipped on a pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day.

Last year, Kate opted for a sparkling water instead as she was heavily pregnant with Prince Louis, the couple’s third child.

Louis will celebrate his first birthday on April 23.

Green is the colour of choice for Kate when she attends the annual parade ten miles west of the family’s home at Kensington Palace.

Three years of ceremonial duties for the Irish Guards came to an end in January.

The main focus of the past 12 months was on exercise Askari Storm, a battlegroup exercise in Kenya. 

It currently has troops deployed in Uganda, Jordan and Kenya, and training will ramp up in September ahead of missions to South Sudan and Iraq.

Alongside its role serving in British conflicts overseas, the Irish Guards also serve in ceremonial and public duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace and the Tower of London.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle has reportedly completed her final public royal engagements before going on maternity leave.

The Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth to her and Prince Harry’s first child in just a few weeks.

Last Monday, Meghan and Harry joined Kate and William and the rest of the royal family for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

When Meghan arrived she greeted Kate with a kiss on both cheeks, a move that poured cold water on allegations of a feud.

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