The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, was accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge, on a visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot on March 17th. The Duke has attended the Parade every year since becoming Colonel in 2011, except for the last two years due to the pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched 350 soldiers march onto the Mons Square at Cavalry Barracks led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, before the Duchess presented shamrocks to Officers and Warrant Officers, who in turn issued it along the ranks. Later, they met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs, and afterwards met soldiers and their families. Finally, the Duke and Duchess visited the junior ranks dining hall where the Senior Guardsman in the battalion proposed a toast to Their Royal Highnesses, and thanked the Duchess for presenting the gift of shamrock.
The Duke of Cambridge wore the Irish Guards black frock coat with his Star of the Order of the Garter. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Laura Green London coat and a Lock & Co hat with the Cartier Irish Guards Shamrock Brooch and her emerald and diamond Earrings.