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Fri 23rd March, 2018

William and Kate celebrate St Partrick’s Day with Irish Guards

William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, celebrated St Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards today, as the Duchess handed out shamrocks to officers.

Ahead of their two-day trip to Paris beginning later this afternoon, the couple continued the tradition of the Royal Colonel of the regiment, and sometimes his wife, handing out the plant clipping.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visited The 1st Battalion Irish Guards for a special St Patrick’s Day with Prince William, handing out shamrocks. (MoD)

The Duke, in his ceremonial black uniform of the regiment, complete with ruffles to the front, watched on as his wife handed over shamrocks to the men at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.

The soldiers place them onto their caps, while the regimental mascot, Irish Wolfhound Domnhall, has his affixed by the Royal guest.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave Domnhail, the regiment’s mascot, his shamrock to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. (MoD)

The Duchess, resplendent in green, received a posy from a soldier’s daughter. She also wore a shamrock brooch, which is believed to be on loan to her from the battalion itself.

William took a salute from the men after the ceremony, before he and his wife joined soldiers for a photograph.

Prince William takes the salute at the St Patrick’s Day Parade, standing next to his wife Catherine (Kensington Royal)

Then, they were took into the mess for a toast. William and Catherine sipped on pints of Guinness, whilst the men chose cans of lager.

They will be arriving in Paris shortly.

William and Kate joined the regimental photograph for the St Patrick’s Day Parade (Kensington Royal)

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