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Wills keeps warm with a sherry

The Duke of Cambridge
The Duke of Cambridge Credit: PA Images

The Duke of Cambridge sipped on a glass of sherry inside the dining hall at Mons Barracks in Aldershot today. He wore the ceremonial dress of the Irish Guards for the St Patrick's Day parade.

The Duke and Duchess were loudly cheered by the soldiers as they entered the hall, which gave them welcome shelter from the heavy rain outside.

A boy or a girl for Kate and Wills?

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Aldershot Credit: PA Images

The Duchess of Cambridge told a soldier that she would like her baby to be a boy at today's St Patrick's Day parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot.

But Kate, who is five months pregnant, said that the Duke, who attended the event with her, would prefer to have a girl.

Guardsman Lee Wheeler said: "I was talking to her about the baby. I asked her 'do you know if it's a girl or boy', and she said 'not yet'.

The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge in Aldershot Credit: PA Images

"She said 'I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl'. I asked her if she had any names yet and she said no. I said I suppose you've got to stick to traditional names."

Guardsman Jason Perry, 33, also spoke to Kate about her pregnancy.

He said: "I wished her congratulations and said I hoped everything is fine. She said 'yes it is'

"I asked her if she was excited to be having her first child. She said 'very'."

The soldier said it was "absolutely brilliant" to meet the couple and they had both asked him about his 13-and-a-half year career in the Army, which has seen him serve two tours of Iraq and one in Northern Ireland.

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Kate & Wills in Aldershot for St Patrick's Day

The Duchess of Cambridge visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards to attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Aldershot today on St Patrick's Day Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The Duchess of Cambridge gets her heel stuck in a drain as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards to attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Aldershot

William and Kate will be guests of honour at St Patrick's Day celebrations - after enjoying the racing at Cheltenham yesterday Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Aldershot in Hampshire today as guests of honour at the Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade.

Last year the Duchess presented sprigs of Shamrock to the Irish Guards on her first military engagement without her husband.

The Duchess of Cambridge presented shamrocks to the Irish Guards at the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot last year Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a regimental photograph at the St Patricks Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot last year Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Royal couple will continue with a century old tradition that was started by Queen Alexandra, the wife of the then King, Edward the seventh in 1901.

Duchess of Cambridge's baby is due in July

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby is due in July. The announcement has come from St James's Palace.

A spokesman also said that Kate's condition is continuing to improve afte her stay in hospital for severe morning sickness. The Duchess, who was born in Berkshire, is believed to be around 13 to 14 weeks pregnant.

A St James's Palace spokesman said:

"Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July," said a St James's Palace spokesman.

"The Duchess's condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month."

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