Princess Kate Attends St. Patrick’s Day Parade as the New Colonel of the Irish Guards
The Prince and Princess of Wales made an elegant appearance today at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Aldershot, England.
While there, Prince William and Princess Catherine—who is the new Colonel of the Irish Guards—joined the regiment in the celebration and honored Ireland with their ensembles.
They both gave speeches at the event. Prince William bid the Irish Guards farewell as he passes the title onto Kate. "It has been one of the great honours of my life to hold that title," he said. "I may be stepping aside, but in Colonel Catherine you have a committed, focussed, and already incredibly loyal 11th Colonel."
Princess Kate said, "I really couldn't be prouder to stand in front of you here today. It really is a true honor to be your Colonel. I am here to listen to you, to support you, and to champion you in all you do—this is a responsibility I do not take lightly."
For the occasion, Kate wore a stunning teal coat dress by Catherine Walker & Co. with sharp shoulders, a mock turtleneck collar, long sleeves, and large buttons at the front. She styled it with teal suede heels and a matching fascinator with a dramatic pleated chiffon embellishment.
Kate also paid tribute to Ireland in her accessories, which included diamond drop earrings with green stones, her sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring, and a fresh green leaf and clover arrangement which she wore as a brooch. William wore a similar one pinned to his military cap. The prince dressed in full military attire, as is custom, for the event.
Kate was recently given the role of colonel by King Charles III. Prince William is now the Colonel of the Welsh Guards, as he is the Prince of Wales.
The parade marks Kate's second outing with the Irish Guards since becoming colonel of the regiment. Just last week, she visited some of the troops in bound Salisbury Plain Training Area wearing full camo.
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