St. Patrick's Day celebrations

Thousands of people around the world are celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Almost 70 landmarks around the world are being illuminated green this weekend in honour of the patron saint of Ireland.

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St Patrick's Day is celebrated across the world

A dog in a green costume at the St. Partick's Day' parade in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Stephanie Pilick/DPA/Press Association Images
A reveller during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Revellers watch the St Patrick's day parade in Trafalgar Square, London. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
A woman celebrates St Patrick's Day in Dublin. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Troops mark St Patrick’s Day in Afghanistan

Troops currently serving in Afghanistan commemorated Oates’ Memorial Day and celebrated a tea-total St Patrick’s Day.

Members of the Royal Dragoon Guards (RDG) join in with the St Patrick’s Day celebrations every year and soldiers and officers were presented with a shamrock today.

Here's a selection of images from the celebrations:

Lance Corporal Graham Tingley, aged 25 from Pontefract, after receiving his shamrock. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Members of the Royal Dragoon Guards (RDG) were presented with a trefoil to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Pipe Major Scott pipes during the ceremony held in Afghanistan’s 30C desert sun. Credit: Ministry of Defence


Duchess of Cambridge gets heel stuck in a drain

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge braved showers to attend a St Patrick's Day parade at a military barracks today.

Wearing the same green Emilia Wickstead dress coat she wore to the event last year, Kate smiled broadly as she greeted soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire.

However, at one point, Kate's foot became stuck in a drain and she had to spend a few moments freeing her heel.

Duchess of Cambridge at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire Credit: PA Wire
Kate freeing her heel as it gets stuck in a drain Credit: PA Wire
A few moments later the Duchess resumed her royal duties as normal Credit: PA Wire

William and Kate to attend St. Patrick's Day parade

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are heading to Mons Barracks in Aldershot today for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

While visiting the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Prince William will take part in the parade of 200 soldiers as colonel of the regiment.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Mons Barracks, Aldershot. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Catherine will present the traditional sprigs of shamrocks to the officers and guardsmen - a tradition that dates back to 1901 and Queen Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII.

The couple are expected to take a tour of the barracks including the Officers and Sergeants Mess during their visit.

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