Kate sham-rocks the high street look
SPOT the difference.
The Duchess of Cambridge ditched her preferred St Patrick's Day dress-coat for a high street number when attending the annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Alderton, Gloucestershire, yesterday.
Kate, who is considered a prudent shopper within royal echelons, opted for a pine-green Persephone trench-coat by high street label Hobbs.
The duchess teamed her coat, which is on sale for £195 (about €235), with a smart black leather belt and matching Gina Foster hat.
She finished the festive ensemble off with a large bunch of shamrock fastened to her lapel and a gold Cartier shamrock brooch, which was first worn by Queen Alexandra in 1901.
For the previous two years, Kate has worn a flattering 'fit and flare' coat by designer Emilia Wickstead.
In 2012, she teamed the coat with a chocolate brown Lock and Co 'Betty Boop' hat; while in 2013, the duchess, who was five months' pregnant at the time, went for a black 'Fairy Tale' hat.
Kate presented shamrocks to soldiers from the Irish Guards in Hampshire and to Domhnall, the regiment's Irish wolfhound mascot.
Kirsty Blake Knox