Kate Middleton, the new Colonel of the Irish Guards, was abuzz with celebratory joy as she attended her first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade in the role on Friday.
The Princess of Wales joined her husband, Prince William, for the annual celebration of the Irish Guards in the south-west village of Aldershot, 40 miles from London.
Shades of green were the on-trend theme for the 41-year-old mother of three, decked out in an off-the-shoulder teal wrap dress by Catherine Walker & Co, accessorized with a matching headpiece, pumps and emerald earrings. with a clover-shaped brooch.
“Thought to be designed by Cartier, the piece is made of 18k yellow gold and features a small emerald in the center of the textured leaves,” revealed jewelry expert Maxwell Stone of Steven Stone. Vanity Fair. “Previously worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne, Kate has worn the brooch on several visits to Northern Ireland, as well as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.”
“I truly could not be more proud to stand before you here today,” the princess said in her remarks. “It really is a real honor to be your Colonel. I am here to listen to you, support you and defend you in everything you do; This is a responsibility I do not take lightly.”
“I look forward to spending more time with you and your families, seeing your commitment to duty and service in all you do,” he added. “However, before closing, I want to thank Colonel William. He has always spoken of his fierce pride in this Regiment. I know he will continue to support all of us in the work we do.”
Prince William, who until recently served as the regiment’s honorary colonel before King Charles III named his wife, told attendees he was “extremely happy” to be there for the celebration and sad that his time in the charge is over. ended. He now holds the position of Colonel of the Welsh Guards along with his title of Prince of Wales.
“It has been one of the great honors of my life to have that title; I am proud of everything you stand for, just as I am immensely proud of each one of you,” he said.
The future king of Britain, who sported an arrangement of fresh shamrocks pinned to his military cap, referred to his wife as “Colonel Catherine” during the event.
The beloved royal couple drank pints of Guinness stout on their visit to Mons Barracks during their visit to Aldershot.