Prince William and Kate Middleton were at Aldershot today, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. William is Colonel of the Regiment. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Irish Guards annual parade, where Kate handed out shamrocks, as per royal tradition.
The Irish Guards were formed by Queen Victoria on April 1, 1900 in recognition of the Irish soldiers participation in the Second Boer War. The tradition of royal women handing out shamrocks was started a year later in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII. The wolfhound mascot was first presented in 1902. The current mascot is a wolfhound named Domhnall.
Surprisingly, Kate did not choose green for this event. She’s worn green three years running, but today chose a brown color palate. She wore a bespoke Catherine Walker coat, Kiki McDonough “Citrine Pear Drop Earrings” (that she’s worn so many times before – £495.00), Emmy Shoes “Valerie Chocolate” brown pumps (that she’s worn a few times before – £400.00), Emmy Shoes “Natasha Chocolate” brown clutch (that she’s carried a few times – £350.00), Lock & Company “Betty Boop” brown pillbox hat (that she’s worn a few times before, most recently at Christmas 2014), and Cornelia James “Imogen” brown gloves (£70.00).. She wore the Gold Shamrock Brooch she’s worn every year that used to belong to the Queen Mother (she presented shamrocks to the Irish Guards for years). The brown color palate allowed for the green shamrock sprig she wore to stand out. She wore her hair in a nice updo.
Not going to lie, I think Kate looks fantastic here. This is one of the best, if not the best, maternity looks we’ve seen from her. The coat is flattering, her skirt didn’t fly up, she’s covered but it doesn’t look like the coat is strangling her, the hat and the hairdo look lovely. The shoes are a bit high, but I like her Valerie pumps (she has them in two different colors). Overall, I thought she looked really good.
Rebecca Deacon sighting:
Photos: Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC (photographer), MOD/CROWN COPYRIGHT, The Army in London FB / Corporal Steve Blake RLC (photographer), MOD/CROWN COPYRIGHT, The Army in London FB / Getty