The 450 soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards prepared to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge.
She will present the sprigs of shamrock to Officers to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Conmael, the Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot will also receive his own sprig.
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Tonight will see further showers across northern Britain, whilst Wales sees rain arriving overnight pushing eastwards to many central areas