Kate Middleton and Prince William made their long-awaited return to Aldershot this Thursday, March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It had been two years since the couple had been able to attend the event.
It had been two years since Kate Middleton and Prince William had attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The event had first been canceled in 2020 because the majority of the Irish regiment had been deployed abroad, and then in 2021, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, recalled the British tabloid Hello! This Thursday, March 17, 2022, the Royal couple made their grand return to Aldershot to celebrate the Irish saint.
The Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in green for the occasion, joined her husband, who was invited to the parade in his capacity as Colonel of the Irish Guards. They were warmly welcomed in the morning by the first battalion of the Mons Barrack’s Guard, under a great sun. As tradition dictates, the parents of George, Charlotte and Louis offered small bouquets of shamrocks, the symbol of Ireland, to the officers and guards present. “Hello, here are some shamrocks. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”, wished the Kate Middleton to the military according to what the tabloid reported.
Kate, who loves dogs, had the honor of attaching shamrocks to the collar of the regiment’s mascot, a two-year-old Irish greyhound named Seamus. The 40-year-old mother was so touched by the dog that she couldn’t help but pet his head. Two little girls then gave her a small bouquet of flowers as a sign of welcome.
Prince William honored his duties as Colonel of the Irish Guard
For his part, William, looking elegant in his green Irish Guard uniform, performed the conventional military salute as the parade passed by. After the military march, William and Kate got to know members of the regiment, before joining the officers, sergeants and Irish Guards for a group photo. Just like in 2019, the Duke and Duchess will end their day with a toast in the military camp’s reception hall with the most senior members of the guard.
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