Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated St Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards, but it was an officer’s young daughter who stole the show with her antics.
dressed up in an emerald green outfit for the couple’s visit to the 1st Irish Guards Battalion for the St Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot in Hampshire.
William is a Colonel of the Irish Guards and the event is the first time the Cambridges have been able to hold an annual event with regimental officers and soldiers since the pandemic began.
During the ceremony, 20-month-old Gaia Money grabbed two bouquets of flowers from the duchess and Kate said with a smile: “We’ll swap. Now you have both.”
When Gaia’s father, Lieutenant Colonel Rob Money, placed the bearskin hat on his daughter’s head, Kate said: “So sweet. Do you fit it? ”
Later, the toddler’s mother, Lorraine Money, said: “The Duchess is lovely. Gaia took both bouquets and she let them keep them. Gaia practiced her curt game in kindergarten but failed!
The Duchess of Cambridge with the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, a two-year-old Irish wolf (Andrew Matthews/PA)
“I’m from Jamaica and we talked about Jamaica, because they’re going there next week.”
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The Duchess, wearing a green Laura Green coat and a Lock & Co hat, pinned a shamrock to the mascot of the Irish Guards – a two-year-old Irish wolf.
The dog, named Turlough Mor, also known as Seamus, and drummer Adam Walsh, stood out on the parade ground.
Kate wore the shamrock over her coat and William, wearing a military jacket, cap for the couple’s visit.
The Duchess handed baskets filled with fake foliage to regimental commanders to hand out to the ranks and she chatted and smiled as she presented the officers with the tree – an Irish symbol.
She told them: “Good morning, there are some fakes. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/kate-styles-emerald-green-outfit-to-celebrate-st-patricks-day-41458165.html Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wears emerald green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day