Kate Middleton to skip St Patrick's Day celebrations with Irish Guards to 'focus on her family'
Kate Middleton will miss St Patrick's Day celebrations for the first time in five years in order to "focus on her family."
The Duchess of Cambridge has handed out shamrocks to the Irish Guards every year since 2011 and her presence has become one of the most anticipated appearances of the year.
This year, she will be staying at her Amner Hall estate in Norfolk instead this year, according to The Telegraph's chief reporter Gordon Rayner, where she will be focusing on spending time with her children Prince George (two) and Princess Charlotte (10 months).
Prince William, her husband of five years, will be attending in her place this year. It's reported Kate wants to spend as much time as possible with the children before embarking on a week long trip to India on April 10.
According to the Daily Mail, "Irish Guards officers are deflated" since hearing the news.
A Kensington Palace spokesman issued a statement, saying: "The Duchess has very much enjoyed the occasions when she has been able to attend, but the Duke is the Colonel of the Regiment and is looking forward to presenting the Irish Guards with their Shamrock.
"The Duchess looks forward to marking St Patrick's Day with the Irish Guards many times in the future."
Meanwhile, William has been forced to defend his recent depiction as a "work shy" royal, describing it as "part of the job" in an interview with ITV News.
"It’s part of the job Mark," he said. "Today is more about talking about the poaching crisis."