The Duchess chose a new Catherine Walker coat for today’s shamrock ceremony with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.
Prince William is Colonel of the Irish Guards.
The annual ceremony was at the Irish Guards Calvary Barracks in Hounslow, West London.
Kate receiving the basket of shamrocks she will distribute.
From The Telegraph’s coverage:
Led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the 450 1st Battalion Irish Guards marched onto the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks.
— The Army in London (@ArmyInLondon) March 17, 2017
The Telegraph story quotes Domhnall’s handler, 29-year-old drummer Adrian Cathcart, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, “He’s taking it all in his stride.”
She always seems to enjoy this event.
As do the Guards.
I believe these are formerly serving members of the Guards.
Commemorating the day isn’t limited geographically; in this tweet from the British Army, you see soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment in Kabul, Afghanistan, getting their shamrock sprigs last night (our time).
The annual group photo.
After the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess chatted with members of the Guards.
And also spent time speaking with their families.
The duo appeared to be enjoying themselves and joined others at the Barracks in toasting the day.
A rousing toast to the Duke and Duchess.
Watch: William and Kate (sipping Guinness) get a raucous St Patrick’s Day toast at the Irish Guards barracks in Hounslow, west London pic.twitter.com/y8t0bp247V
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) March 17, 2017
Now to what Kate wore, starting with a new coat by royal favorite Catherine Walker.
The double-breasted style looks like it might be done in a wool crepe, and appears to be modeled on the Catherine Walker style shown below, from the designer’s Red and Black Group. Many thanks to Christin for reminding me that style was one we included in a 2014 post about the Catherine Walker ensemble Kate wore when arriving in New Zealand. I don’t believe Kate’s cuffs and pocket flaps are quite as long as those shown on the model, and Kate’s collar is closed a bit closer together than that seen below. Otherwise, it is quite similar. I like the way the goldtone buttons on today’s garment mirror those on the uniforms of the Irish Guards.
Kate wore a new pair of suede pumps by Emmy London.
It looks like the Duchess was in the ‘Rebecca’ style in a color called ‘Greenery.’ Made of kid suede, it features a pointed toe and 4.5″ heel. It retails for $545.
A closer look at the Duchess’s hat. Our thanks to Lindsey on the Facebook page, she pointed out that it was the same hat worn on Christmas Day 2015.
That was a Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. design.
You can see in these photos the point at the front has been rounded.
Kate carried a bag we’ve not yet identified.
UPDATE: It turns out that Kate’s handbag is by Etui; credit for the ID goes to a lovely WKWer who would like to remain anonymous. More details, almost verbatim from our Paris arrival post on Saturday, that is where we first published the information. (I completely forgot to update this post, aarrgghh!) Below left you see Kate holding her bag; in the center, a photo shared by our anonymous WKW friend, and another shot of Kate’s on the right.
Etui is based in Poland. Anna of My Small Obsessions was of vital help; she lives in Poland and was able to correspond with Etui. The company confirmed Kate was carrying one of their bags; you can see how excited they were at the news in their Instagram post. They have also joined Twitter; click here to visit their feed.
At one point the brand was carried by Topshop, as well as Peter Jones & John Lewis. According to our tipster, the bags are very reasonably priced; the one she has that appears to be Kate’s version was £50. We should have a better photo of Kate’s bag in the next day or so. Etui does not currently have an e-commerce site, but the bags can be purchased by directly contacting the company via its Facebook page. Several WKW friends report the company has been very helpful when contacted via its Facebook page.
We saw the return of the Monica Vinader ‘Siren’ earrings in green onyx ($195).
And the Cartier shamrock brooch loaned to royal family members for ebgagements with the Guards.
Kate wore her hair up, using a hairnet to keep it in place.
A look at Kate’s ensembles over the years.
One other item of note of interest: PopSugar posted a video of Kate as Eliza Doolittle in her school’s production of My Fair Lady. I knew there had been photos of the production, but didn’t realize there was a full-length video of her performing “Wouldn’t it be Loverly?”
We’ll see you shortly for the Duke & Duchess’s arrival in Paris.