At first, like many, I gasped when I learned the Duchess of Cambridge, neé Kate Middleton, wore brown to the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade this morning (Tuesday, March 17). But then I saw that awesome, massive shamrock, and I thought, it’s perfect.
If you recall, the Duchess wore a green Hobbs Persephone coat to last year’s event. But, this year, she chose a dark brown Catherine Walker maternity coat with a matching Lock & Co. hat, suede Emmy London pumps and that fabulous updo—all of which, I’d say, provided the perfect platform to accentuate her gorgeous, bright green shamrock. And what could be more festive and respectful for St. Patrick’s Day than that? It’s not about fashion, after all; it’s about Irish tradition.
Prince William also attended the parade, which took place at Mons Barracks, in Aldershot, England. As Colonel of the Regiment, he donned his traditional Irish Guards uniform. He and Kate presented the Irish Guards with their shamrock sprigs—a tradition which began in 1901—and they took a photo with sergeants and officers.
Also in attendance, and donning a sweet shamrock himself—presented to him by the Duchess, as always—was the regimental mascot, Domhnal the Irish Wolfhoud.
Omg, I love him!
The St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the last events the Duchess is scheduled to attend before Prince George‘s sibling arrives. Kate will be visiting the Brookhill Children’s Centre tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18).
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