The Duchess wore green from head to toe at today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade with the Irish Guards.
Kate took part in the annual ceremony of handing out shamrocks to members of the Guards, she was in a new green coat from Hobbs.
The Duchess presents the officers and warrant officers with shamrocks who then distribute them.
One member of the regiment receives special treatment: Domhnall (pronounced Donal), the Regimental Mascot; he is seen with his handler, Drummer David Steed.
This is Domhnall’s second year taking part in the ceremonies, below left you see him getting ready for his duties today, and then with his handler.
Kate is in her third year of ceremonies with the Guards on St. Patrick’s Day. Prince William is Royal Colonel of the regiment; more from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website:
In February 2011, The Queen gave her formal approval to the appointment of The Duke as Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards. It is The Duke’s first honorary appointment in the Army, and His Royal Highness has become the Irish Guards’ first Royal Colonel. The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.
Kate was given a nosegay when she and William arrived at the Barracks.
Shortly after arriving the Duke and Duchess stepped to the reviewing stand to watch the 300 Battalion members on parade.
More on today’s events from Rebecca English’s story in the Daily Mail.
The 32-year-old Royal stepped forward to present the shamrock to officers and warrant officers, who in turn issued it along the ranks.
This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated by Queen Alexandra, the wife of the then King, Edward VIII in 1901.
Also joining the Irish Guards on parade this year was a Company of Reserve Soldiers from the London Regiment, with whom they are paired under the new Army2020 restructuring process.
The Duke and Duchess posed for the annual photo, this image was shared on Twitter by the British Army.
Kate’s green coat is by British retailer Hobbs.
This is the ‘Persephone,’ made of a rayon/wool blend. The official color name is ‘pine,’ the garment has all of the classic trench elements: epaulets, storm flaps, and double-breasted styling. Kate elected not to use the self-belt that came with the coat, instead wearing a textured leather belt that looked about 1″ wide. The coat was originally priced at £279 ($490), it is now on sale for £195 ($345), still available in some sizes on the Hobbs UK site. The size selection is better on the US site, with most still available as of this writing.
Hobbs offered other items in the Persephone ‘multi-pine’ colorway: the dress and blouse appear to be sold out, a coat remains available as of midday. Those who remember their Greek mythology will recall that Persephone is the goddess of the underworld, daughter of Zeus and Demeter. (Full disclosure: I had to look up Demeter.)
Kate accessorized with her green Gina Foster hat, most recently seen on Christmas Day.
Kate’s jewelry today included the Cartier shamrock brooch first worn by Queen Alexandra in 1901 when she visited the Guards. The Queen Mother then took up the tradition of wearing it on St. Patrick’s Day, Princess Anne wore it for St. Patrick’s Day ceremonies with the Guards after the Queen Mother’s Death and now Kate wears it for the same event. The Duchess also sported her Kiki McDonough cushion cut green amethyst earrings and Tissot watch.
UPDATED 3.20.2014 I have heard back from Emmy Shoes. As many readers believed, Kate was wearing the carbon grey shoes and carrying the carbon gray clutch, not new items in a deep green as many of us thought. Both the shoes and the clutch have been seen previously, the Duchess used the carbon grey accessories when in her Matthew Williamson dress for the Tusk Trust.
Kate is wearing a belt that I do not recognize, although several people believe it is one they have seen previously. (In the interest of getting the post published I will check on that element of the ensemble later and update as appropriate.) Below, we see Kate in 2012, 2013 (when she was expecting Prince George) and then today.
The Duke and Duchess then visited the Guardsmens’ cookhouse, having lunch in the Officers’ Mess. It’s mere speculation, but my sense is this is one of Kate and William’s favorite engagements.
We have multiple updates on Kate items that have been re-issued and/or restocked.
The first items are shoes worn with some frequency by the Duchess. Two pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes are back in stock at Zappos: Kate’s Minx in the ‘laniard’ colorway is available in all sizes ($395), and the Corkswoon in ‘nice blue suede is also available in all sizes ($385).
The Corkswoon is also available at the Stuart Weitzman site; the size selection is not as broad and the shoe is $13 more than the price at Zappos.
Another favored shoe style, the black Pied a Terre ‘Imperia’ is back in stock at Dune London. The wedge/espadrille is also available in navy and red, I did not see the off-white being offered. The Imperia is priced at $140 (£85).
Our thanks to WKW Facebook friends Elizabeth and Dabney forsharing news about the Imperia.
Another item now available for purchase online, the Roland Mouret gown Kate has worn on two occasions; it is offered at Net-a-Porter.
The Duchess wore the gown in December of last year to the Nelson Mandela film premiere and in May, 2012 for a dinner at Claridge’s with William. (NOTE: The gown the designer’s ‘Lombard’ style, however it is called the ‘Ella’ on the Net-a-Porter site, I am not entirely clear why that is the case.) The wool crepe gown is priced at $4610.
Also today, another ID on an older item, the clutch Kate carried to the wedding of Lady Rose Windsor and George Gilman in 2008.
The bag is by John Lewis.
Our thanks to Ashley Marie for the ID on this item.
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- learn more about the Irish Guards by visiting the regiment’s British Army page here, the Band of the Irish Guards Army page is here, its Facebook page may be seen here
- you can ‘meet’ Domhnall on his Facebook page here
- Richard Palmer’s story in the Daily Express is here, the Daily Mail’s story may be seen here and Amber Graafland’s story in The Mirror is here
- ITV’s video story is here, Sky TVs photo gallery and video coverage is here,