Per Hello! magazine, Kensington Palace confirmed the exciting news with an official statement that reads, "The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, accompanied by The Duchess of Cambridge, will visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot on Thursday 17th March. This will be the first time The Duke and Duchess have attended the parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic."
Prince William & Kate Middleton Will Be at the St. Patrick's Day Parade for the First Time in 2 Years
The statement also revealed that the pair will carry out a few duties during the outing. Middleton will present the Irish Wolf Hound mascot, while Prince William (AKA the Colonel of the Irish Guards) will salute during the march-past. Also, the royal couple will hand out sprigs of shamrock to members of the regiment.
After the event, the duke and duchess will meet with officers and guardsmen of the regiment and greet each rank within the British Army. They will also visit the Junior Ranks dining hall, where they can expect a special toast from the senior guardsmen.
If you recall, the royals missed out on the parade in 2020 due to concerns surrounding the pandemic, and last year, the event was called off because the majority of the regiment were deployed overseas. However, in 2021, the royals did commemorate the holiday by sharing a festive message.
In the video, the pair donned green outfits as they joined famous leaders to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick's Day. The duchess said, "We're delighted to wish you all a very happy St. Patrick's Day." Then, Prince William continued, "We were so thrilled to be able to visit Ireland just over a year ago, a few short weeks before all of our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic." Middleton added, "The warm welcome we received everywhere was a testament to the friendship between our two countries, and the strength of the relationship between the U.K. and Ireland."
To conclude, William said, "We know that for Irish people all around the world, today won't be the same as normal. We hope you can celebrate safely."
Thankfully, the couple won't have to skip a third year. (And this time, we're expecting plenty of pics with their matching green ensembles.)
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