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Kate set to hand out shamrocks

8/3/2011. PACEMAKER PRESS INTL BELFAST. Kate Middleton laughs as she watches a demonstration at the Greenmount Agricultural College in County Antrim, Northern Ireland this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

8/3/2011. PACEMAKER PRESS INTL BELFAST. Kate Middleton laughs as she watches a demonstration at the Greenmount Agricultural College in County Antrim, Northern Ireland this afternoon. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

SPRIGS of shamrock will be presented to the officers and guardsmen of the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards by The Duchess of Cambridge at this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.

This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated by Queen Alexandra, the wife of the then King, Edward VII, back in 1901.

Kate will make the presentations in Aldershot.

During the event, 450 soldiers will march onto the parade square at their base, Mons Barracks, resplendent in full ceremonial uniform of scarlet tunics and bearskins.

Marching behind the Band of the Irish Guards they will be accompanied by Conmael, their Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot, who will also receive his own sprig of shamrock from the Duchess.

Her Royal Highness will step forward to present the shamrock to officers and warrant officers who, in turn, will issue it out along the ranks.

The Queen appointed Prince William as Colonel of the Irish Guards in February 2011 and he memorably wore an Irish Guards tunic on his wedding day.

 
 
 

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