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The Princess of Wales Visits the Irish Guards

The Princess of Wales Visits the Irish Guards

The Princess of Wales wore camouflage for a training exercise with the Irish Guards today.

This was her first visit with the Guards since being named Colonel of the Regiment.

The Princess was named to the honorary role last December, assuming the position from the Prince of Wales as he became Colonel of the Welsh Guards. 

The training was in Wiltshire, roughly 90 minutes from Windsor.

More about today’s engagement via Simon Perry’s People story

Kate began her visit to the training area in Salisbury Plain by meeting the Irish Guards of Number One and Number Two Company to hear about their recent deployment on Security Force Assistance tasks across East Africa. There, they have been training and helping other forces including aiding park rangers on counter-poaching missions.

And from the BBC’s coverage

During freezing temperatures and heavy snow, the princess met with army personnel and watched several training sessions during Wednesday’s visit. The exercises included casualty assistance and de-mining training which is currently being delivered by the Irish Guards to Ukrainian armed forces.

The Princess learned about treating wounds in the field, participating in a casualty exercise. 
We learn more from this Daily Mail piece

Crouching in the snow, she held the soldier’s leg as she was shown how to wrap the wound and check the casualty’s vital signs during basic battlefield first aid training.

As she placed a tourniquet – used to stop heavy bleeding – on his calf, the Princess apologised and said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve done this’.

Here is a very quick video. 

We return to the Daily Mail article

Lance Corporal Jodie Newell, 25, who was in charge of teaching the Princess first aid, said: ‘I was so nervous – I’m teaching the Princess of Wales med [medicine] – it was an honour.

‘We were just showing her what we medics do in the Army. She was actually really good, really eager to take part.’ L/Cpl Newell added that Kate took it ‘all in her stride, like she has done it before’ and that it was ‘amazing’ to have her visit the training area, particularly on International Women’s Day.

Afterwards the Princess said that taking part in military first aid exercises brought the realities of their training ‘to life’.

She said that the battlefield casualty drills, complete with fake gun fire and explosions, ‘just brought it all to life’.

More on questions the Princess had for some of the Guards via this Telegraph story.
She asked whether a lot of the training was around “education and building better relationships in their communities,” to which the soldier responded that their focus was to help the locals “take ownership of their training”.
The Telegraph story notes the Princess “… spent time asking the soldiers questions about their demonstrations and training.” 
This piece offers a final note on today’s visit.

Lieutenant Colonel Aldridge said his battalion was delighted to welcome Kate to Salisbury Plain for her first visit as Royal Colonel.

He said: “It is particularly fitting on International Women’s Day that a few of our female soldiers met such an inspiring female role model.

“It is a real honour for all the guardsmen to meet their Royal Colonel in the field here on Salisbury Plain and demonstrate a few of our basic operational skills.”

Now for our look at what Kate wore for today’s engagement. 
She was in a standard issue British Army Windproof Smock (Jacket), with thanks to Carly at Kate Middleton Style for info on the piece. Her insignia identify her rank of colonel.
The jacket features multiple bellows pockets on the front, a full-length front zipper with storm flap, an interior drawstring at the waist, and many other features you would expect from functional military wear.
With thanks to Middleton Maven for a great ID, it looks like the Princess wore Holland Cooper’s Astoria Rollneck Sweater (£149, about $175 at today’s exchange rates). The sweater is made of a nylon/acrylic/wool/alpaca/elastane bend. 
It features cable detailing, raglan sleeves, ribbing at the neck, cuffs, and hem, and branded horn buttons at the shoulder and cuff.
The Princess looked like she had on the G-Star Raw High G-Shape Cargo Skinny Pants ($120, out of stock) first noted in Belize last March. The trousers are a high-waist style made in the brand’s Bracket Superstretch Twill, with a zip front, thigh pockets with flap and hidden snap closures, and a single zipper pocket on the back.
The Princess wore her Berghaus Supalite II boots (£122.50, about $145). NOTE: I originally showed the price for these as £52, but that is the savings off the regular price. Thank you to Laura on Facebook for the heads-up on the price discrepancy.
The Princess’s hat is not yet identified.
Nor her gloves. 
Nor the earrings, a very small gold hoop. UPDATE MAR 9: It looks like the hoops may be a Spells of Love style, the Welsh brand’s Removable Teardrop Garnet Charm Hoops (£95, about $113), shown below on the far left. The hoop style is available in other designs, including the Hammered Disk Hoops (£89, second from right), and the Teardrop Iolite Charm Hoops (£95, on far right). 
The hoops are sterling silver with Recycled 18K Gold Vermeil. Many thanks to Agnieszka who IDed the design and alerted Carly at Kate Middleton Style.
Thank you to all of you for sending good thoughts and positive energy in this direction; it means a great deal to feel that support. I am so very, very fortunate to be graced with such a supportive and kind group of readers! (I apologize for not responding to all of the comments. I became concerned it would make the comment thread endless!)
ITN’s Royal Family Channel has almost four minutes of coverage in this video. 
The Times has about 1 minute of coverage in this video. 

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Saturday 11th of March 2023

What a very hands-on event for Catherine to demonstrate her part in International Woman's Day, she appeared to get well stuck in with basic training essentials on her debut as Colonel of the Irish Guards.

She also managed to look as glamorous as ever, the dark colour of her beanie and the roll neck from Holland Cooper giving flattering framing to her face. I find the styling details of radiating cabling and shoulder buttons a bit fussy on the sweater, but I think that's typical of both the label and Catherine. I'd find shoulder buttons uncomfortable under an outdoor jacket.

Kudos to the Princess for donning a regulation army windproof jacket and rocking camouflage chic. Along with the dark colours of the hat and jumper, I feel she keeps her outfit feminine by adopting the G-Star skinny trousers. I don't know if I may be alone in wondering in how one pair of trousers can adapt both to tropical Belize and a decidedly wintry Salisbury Plain, but of course Catherine is a superstar and normal laws of physics don't apply. The effect is more flattering on her than the army trousers might be.

I'm glad she had a sturdy pair of Berghaus boots to help her across rough ground, and the modest hoops are the perfect restrained touch for such an outing. I can't imagine being able to photograph well in such conditions.


Friday 10th of March 2023

PS: I meant to say official uniform jacket, not office uniform jacket.


Friday 10th of March 2023

The Princess looks so elegant, and somehow manages to make those drab colors of dull olive and kaki look good - and in a snow storm, no less! (As I watched the video, I could almost feel that sleet coming down! Burr!). Her choice of skinny cargo pants looks good with her office uniform jacket. The French braid is pretty and practical, and quite appropriate here, but, I don't know that such a braid would look so good, otherwise, (to me, braids can be too little girlish, but tiny jewels or pretty, delicate flowers woven into one could possibly make for a stunning evening hairdo). I don't have much else to say for this look, except I love those shoes. They are very nicely designed.


Friday 10th of March 2023

I think though honorary roles in the military seem odd they mean a lot to many of those who serve as the Royals act as ambassadors for them, and a living symbol that unifies them (as the monarch does in general). Brits seem to have an affection for living symbols perhaps.


Friday 10th of March 2023

So its official - she just looks great in everything! Who else could make army uniform so covetable. I foresee khaki on the catwalks. And I love her plait. I wonder if the hat is standard army issue as well as the jacket.

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