Sunday 23 July 2017

Kate Middleton enjoys pint of Guinness to celebrate St Patrick's Day

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they visit soldiers of the 1st battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Friday, 17th March 2017REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they visit soldiers of the 1st battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Friday, 17th March 2017REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
The Duchess of Cambridge takes a drink of Guinness as she meets with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.
The Duchess of Cambridge sits for an official photograph with warrant officers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they meet with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they meet with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.
Ministry of Defence handout photo of the Duchess of Cambridge, visits the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, at the Cavalry Barracks, in Hounslow
The Duchess of Cambridge hands out bunches of Shamrocks to soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during their St Patrick's day Parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they visit soldiers of the 1st battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Friday, 17th March 2017REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, takes a drink of Guinness as she meets with soldiers of the 1st battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Friday, 17th March 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Irish Guards during a St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, west London on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge takes a drink of Guinness as she meets with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.
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The Duchess of Cambridge sipped on a pint of Guinness to traditionally mark St Patrick's Day.

She toasted the pint with her husband the Duke of Cambridge after a parade of the Irish Guards.

Prince William attended the event in his role as colonel of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, an infantry unit who gather on St Patrick's Day for the ceremonial celebration.

Led by a regimental band and their mascot Irish wolfhound Domhnall, 450 soldiers marched on Parade Square at the Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, west London.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, takes a drink of Guinness as she meets with soldiers of the 1st battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Friday, 17th March 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, takes a drink of Guinness as she meets with soldiers of the 1st battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Friday, 17th March 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool

During the parade Kate, wearing a dark green Catherine Walker coat, presented sprigs of shamrock to officers.

The royal couple then met some of the soldiers and their families for lunch in the welfare centre of the barracks where the longest-serving Guardsman in the battalion proposed a toast to and thanked the Duchess for presenting the shamrocks.

Lt Col Alex Turner said: "He (William) is our first royal colonel and so he brought a youthful vitality to the role which in the past has been a bit more stately."

The Duke showed he could relate to some of the children present when he recognised an episode of Peppa Pig which a toddler was watching.

The Duchess of Cambridge hands out bunches of Shamrocks to soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during their St Patrick's day Parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow
The Duchess of Cambridge hands out bunches of Shamrocks to soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during their St Patrick's day Parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow

Jo Fallon, who attended the parade, said William recognised the cartoon her son Zach was looking at on a phone.

"They (Kate and William) were very down to earth and very friendly," she added.

William wore an Irish Guards frock coat to mark his rank as colonel, and as he spoke with soldiers he asked about their training and careers.

Lt Col Alex Turner said: "A lot of the men have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and we have been in the jungle in Belize.

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they visit soldiers of the 1st battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Friday, 17th March 2017REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they visit soldiers of the 1st battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Friday, 17th March 2017REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool

"We are jungle specialists."

The Irish Guards are set to undergo further jungle training in Thailand.

When one soldier told William this, he laughed and said: "Enjoy Thailand, I can't wait to hear stories of Thailand!"

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