The Duchess of Cambridge gave a sartorial nod to St Patrick's Day on Friday when she stepped out in a stylish dark green coat from one of her favourite designers, Catherine Walker. Kate was joined by her husband Prince William for the annual parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow.
The bespoke design featured double breasted gold button detailing and contrasting black collar and trims. Kate paid further tribute to the Irish holiday by accessorizing the coat with an Irish Guard Brooch and dark green heels. She wore a chic hat and styled her hair in a low chignon. Meanwhile Prince William looked smart in military uniform, attending as colonel as the regiment.
During their time at the parade, Kate presented sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen of the regiment – a tradition that was started in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII. They then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers' and Sergeants' Mess photographs, along with soldiers and their families. Their visit culminated with the Guardsman's lunch, where the longest-serving Guardsman in the Battalion proposed a toast to Their Royal Highnesses, and thanked the Duchess for presenting the gift of shamrock.
Kate made a welcome return to the parade after missing the celebrations in 2016 for the first time since she became a member of the royal family. Following the engagement, the couple will jet off to Paris, where they are carrying out an official two-day visit at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prince William and Kate will carry out a number of engagements during their short visit, including attending a black tie dinner hosted by Her Majesty's Ambassador at the British Embassy in Paris on Friday evening.