The Duchess of Cambridge Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards

It has been a rough week (I haven’t even posted about The Duchess of Cambridge accompanying The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to the Dulwich Picture Gallery!), but this morning I remembered this event for St. Patrick’s Day and was instantly happy:

The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit today to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, of which her husband is an honorary Colonel (if you recognize the uniform, it’s because The Duke of Cambridge wore it on his wedding day last year). She presented shamrocks and gifts to the members of the unit and wore the late Queen Mother’s shamrock pin. Previously, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother handed out the shamrocks every year to the Irish Guards from 1964 until shortly before her death in 2002.

It’s heartwarming to see the Duchess of Cambridge in the same position as The Queen Mother–literally! The below image is of The Queen Mother’s visit to the Irish Guards in 1994.

Courtesy Mattoid.com

And this is The Duchess of Cambridge today:

It is fitting that The Duchess of Cambridge follows in The Queen Mother’s footsteps: two exceptional women who connect to the public in a very approachable way, and who are devoted to giving back to the community.

What a lovely engagement for the Duchess! Don’t worry, I will cover more of this week’s events later today. Also, please note that the Daily Mail is sorely mistaken when it says that Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward II, began the tradition of handing out shamrocks to the Irish Guards in 1901; I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that King Edward II was murdered in 1327, long before the Irish Guards even existed. The Daily Mail is referring to King Edward VII.

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