It was an event steeped in tradition - complete with shamrock, the black stuff and an Irish Wolfhound. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated St Patrick's Day as guests of honour of the Irish Guards at Aldershot today. Divya Kohli reports.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the guests of honour in Aldershot today, to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Three hundred Irish Guards paraded through the square at their Hampshire base, as Her Royal Highness handed out traditional sprigs of shamrock.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the guests of honour at the Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade in Hampshire.
William will attend as colonel of the regiment and Kate will present traditional sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen at their base in Aldershot.
The royal couple will watch as the Band of the Irish Guards marches on to the parade square at Mons Barracks followed by 300 soldiers.
They will be joined by Domhnall, the regiment's Irish wolfhound mascot, who will receive his own sprig of shamrock from the Duchess.
During the ceremony, Kate will step forward to present the shamrocks to officers and warrant officers, who in turn will issue them along the ranks.
This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII.
It was a full house at Sandringham as four generations gathered for the festivities on the Norfolk estate.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed as they made the journey to St Mary Magdalene Church on foot holding hands.
But there was no sign of Prince George as temperatures stayed just above freezing.
Wearing a tartan Alexander McQueen coat and a hat by Gina Foster, Kate smiled and waved to the crowds.
As she left the service, she stopped to chat to Cicely Howard, 75, from Great Yarmouth, who asked about the baby.
– Ms Howard, Royal watcher
"She told me he was having a lovely day but was more interested in the wrapping paper than the presents,"
Prince George enjoys his first big day out with their royal highnesses, Mum and Dad, as he prepares to be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St James' Palace in London. The heir to the heir to the heir of the throne spent most of his early life in his mother's home of Bucklebury, Berks.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked the following people to be Godparents to Prince George:
- Mr Oliver Baker
- Mrs David Jardine-Paterson
- Earl Grosvenor (Hugh)
- Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton
- The Hon Mrs Michael Samuel
- Mrs Michael Tindall
- Mr William van Cutsem
The village of Bucklebury in Berkshire is gearing up for the christening of Prince George tomorrow - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son.
The ceremony will take place at St James' Palace and will be attended by close members of the family. The young prince spent the first few weeks of his life in Bucklebury at Kate Middleton's parents' home and customers at the family's local pub will be raising a toast to celebrate the occasion.
John Hayley is the owner of the Old Boot Inn in the village.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that Jason Bell will be the official photographer at their sons christening tomorrow.
Prince George will have his picture taken at Clarence House following the service in the Chapel Royal.
Jason Bell is a well established portrait photographer and his work has appeared in many of the world's foremost publications.
He has received a number of awards, including The Royal Photographic Society's Terrence Donovan Award for outstanding contribution to photography.
David Beckham has given the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge his full support ahead of the birth of their first baby.
The football star, who attended the couple's wedding in 2011 with his wife Victoria, said William and Kate will be "amazing" parents.
Beckham, a father of four himself, struck up a friendship with William when the pair joined forces to lobby for London's Olympic bid in 2007.
In an interview he said: "They're going to be amazing parents because they are so loving towards children.
"We've seen William grow from that young boy into an unbelievable gentleman. And that as a father is really important."
He even helped out the couple by suggesting a name for the new royal arrival.
"David's pretty good ... if it's a boy of course, " he recommended.
The wait is nearly over - today is the official due-date for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby. But the talking point for most people has been the lovely weather. Richard Slee has been to the south's beaches - and he's been to the Berkshire village where Kate Middleton grew up.