Duchess to present shamrock sprigs

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Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Duchess of Cambridge will present shamrocks to soldiers from the Irish Guards today to mark St Patrick’s Day.

Kate will hand out the traditional sprigs to officers and guardsmen of the regiment at the century-old ceremony in Mons Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire.

The Duke of Cambridge will also attend the traditional parade as Colonel of the Regiment.

Hundreds of servicemen and women, and their families, are expected at the ceremony, which was first inaugurated in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, the wife of the then king, Edward VII.

William and Kate will then meet members of the Regiment before sitting for photographs.

The Cambridges attended the ceremony last year, when Kate presented the sprigs of shamrock – a traditional symbol of Ireland – while wearing an emerald green coat.

In the past the presentation was carried out by the Queen Mother, but also by the Princess Royal and many others over the years, in many different countries.

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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