William and Kate join Irish Guards for St Patrick’s Day parade

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Photographer: Sgt D C Todd (RLC). UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Irish Guards for their annual parade and celebration in Aldershot today (17 March 2022).

The royal couple handed out symbolic shamrocks and joined in the festivities with the guards at their barracks.

Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honour at this year’s Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day Parade held at the home to 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Mons Barracks in Aldershot.

300 soldiers marched on to the parade square resplendent in their full ceremonial uniform of scarlet tunic and bearskins with the musical accompaniment provided by the Band of the Irish Guards and the Drums & Pipes.

Marching behind the Band of the Irish Guards; they were, of course, accompanied by Turlough Mὸr (Pron. Tur-lock More) their Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot, who received his own sprig of shamrock from the Duchess.

Although named after Turlough Mὸr of Connaught who ruled as High King of Ireland between 1136 and 1156AD, he is more affectionally known by his kennel name of Seamus.

William, in the uniform of his honorary position of Colonel of the Irish Guards, saluted the wolfhound while Kate, wearing a coat by the aptly-named designer Laura Green presented the wolfhound with his own emblematic shamrock sprig.

The parade concluded with a march-past, where the Duke, who has been the Colonel of the Irish Guards since May 2011, took the salute.

Post-parade, the royal couple met members of the regiment and had official photographs taken with each rank within the British Army. 

On Saturday the Duke and Duchess will set off on their highly-anticipated tour of the Caribbean.

The trip is part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which will continue throughout the year and culminate with a four-day weekend in June.

William and Kate’s tour kicks off on March 19, with the couple set to visit Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas before it ends on March 26.

Photographer: Sgt D C Todd (RLC) – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022. MOD news licence.

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