The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge braved the freezing weather to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a parade of the Irish Guards. Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Kate visited the first Battalion at their base in Hounslow, West London for the Saturday, March 17 occasion. The couple, who are expecting their third child, watched 350 soldiers arrive at the Parade Square. Duchess Kate then sweetly presented a shamrock to officers and warrant officers. Style-wise, the 36-year-old pregnant royal kept things festive, opting for a coat from her beloved designer Catherine Walker. It was a notably similar one to the bespoke number she wore to the very same event last year.
Kate Middleton presented a shamrock to the guards Photo: Getty Images
Adorable Irish dog Domhnall, a wolfhound the royals have met before, led the procession in his role as mascot. The regiment then continued a march-past, with Kate's 35-year-old husband taking the salute. The festivities were held in testing conditions, as temperatures plummeted towards zero. Luckily, Kate made sure to bundle up in her cozy coat, black tights and gloves, and to finish the ensemble off with a beautiful Gina Foster hat.
Kate Middleton sweetly went in to greet wolfhound Domhnall at the event Photo: Getty Images
William and Kate were quickly able to escape the cold as they headed inside for the final portion of their visit: the guardsman's holiday lunch. At what seemed to be a nearby Starbucks location, the longest-serving guardsman proposed a toast to the royals and thanked the Duchess for presenting the group with shamrocks. At this point, the Duke of Cambridge happily joined in on the cheers - raising a guiness in the air. Of course, it was only a glass of water for pregnant Kate, but she still participated in the sentiment!
William and Kate toasted to St. Patrick's Day! Photo: Andrew Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Image
Over the years, Duchess Kate has always wowed the gatherers at St. Patrick's Day events. She notably had to miss the celebrations in 2016, the first time since becoming a member of the royal family. The famous couple has been counting down the weeks until little Prince George and Princess Charlotte meet their new brother or sister. Kate is due to give birth in April - Click here for more on their third royal baby.