William and Kate marked a cold, rainy, blustery St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards today.
The regiment takes its motto, ‘Quis Separabit’ or ‘Who shall separate us?’ from the Order of St Patrick, an order of chivalry founded by George III.
As a Foot Guards Regiment the Irish Guards Regiment is involved in public and ceremonial duties at Buckingham Place, Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace and The Tower of London.
Readers may remember that Prince William is a Colonel of the Guards, it was the unit’s deep red uniform he wore on his wedding day. In this photo tweeted by the Aldershot News you see he wore the black No 1 uniform today, with thanks to Richard Palmer of the Express for sharing the actual name for that uniform style.
The Prince had a new insignia on that uniform, one marking an honor bestowed by the Queen: HM has made him an official Aide-de-Camp. More from the Telegraph:
The position has few duties but will be seen as symbolic of William’s growing role within the Royal Family.
The Court Circular stated that the Queen “has been pleased to appoint The Duke of Cambridge as a personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty” with effect from today.
The distribution of shamrocks by a senior female member of the Royal Family began with a decree made in 1900:
“Her Majesty, the Queen, is pleased to order that in future, upon St Patrick’s Day, all ranks of her Irish regiments shall wear, as a distinction, a sprig of shamrock in their head dress to commemorate the gallantry of her Irish soldiers during the recent battles in South Africa.”
Some may recall that the Regiment’s Mascot, Conmael, received his own shamrocks from Kate last year. Conmael is now retired and there is a new Mascot, his name is Domhnall (pronounced Donal). This year Domnhall received his first official shamrocks, the Duchess pinned them to his collar.
In an earlier post we talked about the new Mascot; he is still just a puppy, today was his first official appearance. David Steed has been training Domhnall for months, here you can see how easy it is for him to get a snack, his head is just about (or above!) table height.
After the ceremony, it was time for a group photo.
The Duchess chatting with some of the youngsters who gave her flowers.
Kate’s Emilia Wickstead coat (first seen last year on St. Patrick’s Day) has a fit and flare silhouette. This year the Duchess dispensed with the belt for obvious reasons, but the piece still worked. It was part of the designer’s Fall 2010 collection.
Kate added a black top underneath the Wickstead today, some think it is the turtleneck (called a polo neck in England) worn underneath her Luisa Spagnoli dress when at Saint Andrews, or the black dress worn when visiting Liverpool last February.
Kate accessorized with pieces we have seen before, including the John Lock ‘Fairy Tale’ hat first worn when she visited Leicester last March (below right) with HM and Prince Phillip.
She also repeated her Episode ‘Angel’ heels (the style we show is leather, not the suede Kate wears) and her Cornelia James Black Wool Glove with Side Bow.
The Duchess had on the gold shamrock pin traditionally worn for the day’s ceremonies. The brooch is actually owned by the regiment and loaned to those using it for events such as today’s ceremony. Previously it was worn by the late Queen Mother, as well as Princess Anne. She also wore the emerald and diamond earrings we first saw at the Natural History Museum engagement in November.
Things went very well despite the nasty weather, although Kate experienced one minor kerfluffle, something all of us have dealt with at one point or another: the dreaded heel-in-the-grate syndrome. Kate handled it with aplomb.
This was a very nice look for Kate. The coat worked as well with black accessories as it did with last year’s brown hat and heels.
In speaking with members of the Regiment Kate did share updates on the baby. Here is more via Victoria Murphy’s Twitter feed.
We leave you today with a photo that was just too cute to ignore. Kate made her first visit to the Guards with William back in June of 2011, she was wearing a McQueen fitted coat dress with a military influence. As part of a sewing challenge more than a year after that visit, a repliKate was made for a young lady by her mother.
We’ll see you back here on Tuesday when William and Kate visit the offices of Child Bereavement UK.
- A non-official Irish Guards website that has loads of info and photos may be found here, the official MOD page for the Guards is located here
- Visit the Band of the Irish Guards Facebook page here, and its website here, or its official MOD page here
- Visit Domhnall’s Facebook page here, read about Domhnall’s training by clicking here
- For our preview of Emilia Wickstead’s Fall 2013 Collection click here, to see/shop the designer’s spring styles click here
- The Daily Mail’s story with plenty of photos is here
- Victoria Murphy’s story in The Mirror may be found here
- Watch the AP’s 1:55 of raw video from today’s ceremonies by clicking here