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Kate debuted a new custom military-style coat by Alexander McQueen, teaming with a matching hat and her Gianvito Rossi pumps. She accessorised with her Kiki McDonough tourmaline and amethyst earrings and the Cartier shamrock brooch. [Photo: PA]

How the Duchess of Cambridge nails St Patrick’s Day style year after year

Alison Coldridge
Editor Yahoo Style UK

St Patrick’s Day is a key event in the Duchess of Cambridge’s calendar. For eight years now, Kate’s been a regular fixture at the UK’s celebrations, handing out sprigs of shamrocks to the Irish Guards all over the UK.

The mum-of-two skipped the event in 2016 to spend time with Prince George and Princess Charlotte before jetting off on the royal tour of India and Bhutan, but she was back in action at the Cavalry Barracks military base in Hounslow in 2017.

The queen of diplomatic dressing, the Duchess has dressed thematically at each year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in a green or brown coat dress.

READ MORE: Every outfit the Duchess of Cambridge has worn in 2019

Twice, Kate has turned to the late Princess Diana’s go-to label Catherine Walker and she’s also picked out coats by British high street favourite Hobbs and London Fashion Week designer Emilia Wickstead for the occasion.

A matching hat and pair of shoes is usually donned and the late Queen Mother’s gold shamrock brooch often completes the ensemble.

Ahead of this year’s celebrations on 17 March, when the Duchess will return to Hounslow to once again present shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, take a look at what the 37-year-old’s worn on St Patrick’s Day in years gone by.