The Princess of Wales’s Look Was Full of Meaning at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade

In the months since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Princess of Wales’s life has been a succession of firsts. Today, March 17, was no different for the woman formerly known as Kate Middleton as she carried out an historic engagement to mark St. Patrick’s Day. 

The Princess of Wales, 41, visited the Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot for the first time since being made colonel. She was joined by her husband, Prince William, who is the outgoing Colonel of the Irish Guards. Following a recent visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on Salisbury Plain, today marked the first time the princess attended the parade as Colonel of the Regiment.

The Princess of Wales presents a traditional sprig of shamrock to the mascot of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Irish wolfhound Turlough Mor, known as Seamus.


Elegant as ever despite the wind and rain, Kate donned a showstopping green ensemble in a sartorial nod to the occasion. She teamed a beautifully tailored longline teal coat with matching heels and a jaunty hat with fascinator-style netting, a custom ensemble by royal favorite Catherine Walker, finishing the look with a Cartier shamrock brooch and a bountiful green floral arrangement pinned to her lapel.   

Owned by the Irish Guards, the delicate gold brooch with a central emerald is loaned to members of the royal family during St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Some sources claim that the brooch once belonged to Queen Alexandra, who presented shamrocks during a visit to the Irish Guards soon after the turn of the century. It was first photographed, however, when worn by the Queen Mother (who served as Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment), and has also been worn by Princess Anne to present the shamrocks.

The Prince and Princess of Wales attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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