The Duchess wore green from head to toe at yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade with the Irish Guards. Kate took part in the annual ceremony of handing out shamrocks to members of the Guards, she was in a new green coat from Hobbs.
Kate is in her third year of ceremonies with the Guards on St. Patrick’s Day. Prince William is Royal Colonel of the regiment; more from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website:
“In February 2011, The Queen gave her formal approval to the appointment of The Duke as Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards. It is The Duke’s first honorary appointment in the Army, and His Royal Highness has become the Irish Guards’ first Royal Colonel. The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.”
More on yesterday’s events from Rebecca English’s story in the Daily Mail:
“The 32-year-old Royal stepped forward to present the shamrock to officers and warrant officers, who in turn issued it along the ranks. This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated by Queen Alexandra, the wife of the then King, Edward VIII in 1901. Also joining the Irish Guards on parade this year was a Company of Reserve Soldiers from the London Regiment, with whom they are paired under the new Army2020 restructuring process.”
Kate wore the ‘Persephone,’ made of a rayon/wool blend from the British Retailer Hobbs. The official color name is ‘pine,’ the garment has all of the classic trench elements: epaulets, storm flaps, and double-breasted styling. Kate elected not to use the self-belt that came with the coat, instead wearing a textured leather belt that looked about 1″ wide. The coat was originally priced at £279 ($490), it is now on sale for £195 ($345), still available in some sizes on the Hobbs UK site. The size selection is better on the US site, with most still available as of this writing.