Prince William and Kate usually spend the weekends at home with their three precious kids George, Charlotte and baby Louis.
However, this Sunday, the Duke and the Duchess will spend a few hours without their babies. The couple will visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at their base to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Prince William has attended the event every year for the past few. He has been Colonel of the Irish Guards since the Queen appointed him in 2011. Wife Kate is always accompanying him. The only year that she didn’t join William was in 2016.
At that time a Palace spokeswoman has shared: “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”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate the day by taking part in the traditional proceedings.
First, they will watch soldiers participate in the St Patrick’s Day parade, with William taking the salute.
Irish wolfhound Domhnall, who the Royals have met before, lead the procession in his role as a mascot. Then the Duchess Kate hands out shamrocks to officers and warrant officers. It is a tradition that Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII started in 1901.
Their visit will culminate with the Guardsman’s lunch, where the longest-serving Guardsman in the Battalion proposed a toast to Their Royal Highnesses and thanked the Duchess for presenting the gift of shamrock.
As a nod to the Irish celebration, every year the Duchess of Cambridge is dressed in green.
Last year, Kate, who was pregnant with Louis, wrapped her blooming baby bump in her green Catherine Walker coat, which she first wore in Stockholm earlier the same year, teamed with a black faux fur collar and a green Gina Foster hat with a bow.