Dressed all in green, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge took part in her first St Patrick's Day parade as Princess and Duchess as she visited Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2012 in Aldershot, England.
Wearing her hunter green dress by Emilia Wickstead, accessorized with a dark chocolate brown hat by Lock & Co., tilted a little to the side like a jaunty tam ‘o shanter, Kate presented shamrocks to the Regimental mascot at Aldershot Mons Barracks, a strapping (they’re huge!) shaggy Irish Wolfhound, named “Conmeal,” along with the Irish Guards as part of the St Patrick's Day festivities.
Kate also wore an Irish Guards brooch on her left lapel that once belonged to the Queen Mother, perhaps borrowed from Queen Elizabeth for the occasion, along with some fresh shamrocks.
Two young girls also welcomed Duchess Catherine, while one of them, Isabella, the five-year-old daughter of Regimental Sergeant Major Stevenson, presented her with a delicate posy of white flowers as she herself prepared to present her sprigs of shamrocks to members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards out of Mons Barracks at Aldershot.
Reportedly, 450 soldiers took part in the St Patrick’s Day parade, as well as the handsomely clad, red-caped mascot Conmeal.
The day’s festivities seemed to be a bit overwhelming for two of the guards who fainted on the spot in their bearskins (the large furry hat)! You know they’re going to be teased about it for the rest of the year…
The occasion apparently also marks Kate’s first solo military engagement as she now inherits a tradition which began in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward II, and most recently carried out for 32 years by the Queen Mother before she passed on and later by Princess Anne for the past decade.
Catherine’s husband, Prince William, who seemed to be absent from the festivities apparently, is honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards.
Later, the Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a glass of Harvey's Bristol Cream sherry in the Junior's Mess as she visited Mons Barracks, as well as posed seated with them in the courtyard for an official photograph of her visit.
Take a look at the slide show with Kate and Happy St Patrick’s Day…