The Princess of Wales, Kate, stepped out with Prince William in style at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot.
The Princess of Wales, Catherine, who is a Colonel of the Irish Guards, attended the event for the first time after taking over the role.
The Princess of Wales looked elegant in a structured turquoise Catherine Walker coat paired with a frilled heart-shaped fascinator from Jane Taylor costing £1,450. She wore a Cartier shamrock brooch on her chest and kept her makeup minimal to enhance her natural beauty. Her long brunette locks flowed down her shoulders. The Princess kept her jewellery simple, opting for a pair of emerald earrings that she has worn before.
During the parade, the Prince and Princess of Wales presented the traditional sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen, who then distributed it among the ranks and presented it to the Irish wolfhound regimental mascot. After the parade, the Prince and Princess of Wales met with the Irish Guards Association, which comprises past members of the Irish Guards. Kate inspected the front rank while William inspected the second rank.
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Following the inspection, the Prince and Princess met members of the regiment before sitting for official photographs. They also visited the Junior Ranks dining hall, where the senior guardsmen in the Battalion proposed a toast to the couple.
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Last week, Catherine visited the Salisbury Plain Training Area, where she carried out military-style drills on her first official visit to the regiment as Colonel. During her visit, Kate participated in a battlefield casualty drill and learned about anti-vehicle and anti-personnel mine clearance.
She also viewed the weapons systems used by the Irish Guards and met guardsmen of No 1 and No 2 companies, who told her about their recent experiences training park rangers in East Africa in methods to counter poaching. The visit was particularly significant because it coincided with International Women’s Day.
Lance Corporal Jodie Newell, who was in charge of teaching the Princess of Wales first aid, said that Kate was really eager to take part and took it all in her stride. She also apologized and said, “It’s the first time I’ve done this.”
Afterwards, Kate said that taking part in military first aid exercises brought the realities of their training “to life.” She said that the battlefield casualty drills, complete with fake gunfire and explosions, “just brought it all to life.”
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Princess Catherine’s visit to the Irish Guards last week was her first official visit to the regiment as Colonel. She was promoted to her first Army role in December, taking over the position from Prince William. Kate’s enthusiastic participation in military drills and exercises demonstrated her commitment to the Army and her new role. She looked radiant at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and carried out her duties with poise and elegance.
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