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Kate and William giggle raising pint of Guinness for St Patrick’s Day

Kate Middleton meets daughters of WO2 Alistair Wigley

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Kate, Princess of Wales and Prince William were seen joking and laughing as they raised a pint of Guinness to St Patrick’s Day while paying a visit to the Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire. The royals were marking the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade with the Irish Guards, whom Kate became Colonel of last December taking over from her husband.

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The princess looked delighted to be at the Parade and was dressed accordingly in a striking teal coat dress and matching fascinator, with a golden shamrock brooch pinned to her lapel.

During the occasion, William expressed his pride at handing over the baton of Colonel to his wife but added he was “incredibly sad” to be stepping down from the role.

He said it had been a great honour to serve as Colonel but acknowledged that “Colonel Catherine” would be a more than worthy successor.

The prince said: “I may be stepping aside, but in Colonel Catherine you have a committed, focused, and already incredibly loyal 11th Colonel.

“As you serve together over the years ahead, know what I will continue to watch you, with huge pride in having been one of you.”

Kate said in her own speech that she “couldn’t be prouder” of standing in front of the Guards on St Patrick’s Day, adding: “It really is a true honour to be your Colonel.

“I am here to listen to you, to support you, and to champion you in all you do – this is a responsibility I do not take lightly.”

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During the Parade the Princess of Wales was also spotted having a sweet conversation with two young girls, six-year-old Aoife and four-year-old Alice.

Kate is known to be very natural with children and bent down to speak to the girls at their eye level.

Little Alice stood holding a small bouquet of flowers, presumably a gift to the royal.

The two little girls are the daughters of Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2), Alistair Wigley.

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Kate was very popular with many of the attendants at the Parade, as she was also photographed stroking an Irish Wolfhound named Turlough Mor, or Seamus.

Seamus is the regimental mascot of the Guards and was presented with his own sprig of shamrock specially for the occasion.

At last year’s Trooping the Colour Seamus stole the show when he walked the parade with his handler, Drummer Adam Walsh.

Television presenter and journalist Lorraine Kelly tweeted: “Loving Seamus the Irish Wolfhound – effortlessly stealing the show.”

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