TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed today through Clarence House that they will attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day Military Parade. Prince William serves as the Colonel-in-Chief of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and it is in this capacity that he and his wife will attend. The two will, as tradition dictates, watch the 200 soldiers march in the military parade in full dress uniforms. The Duchess, formerly known as Kate Middleton, will present sprigs of shamrocks to the officers and guardsmen.
This is the second time the Duchess will attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day event. In 2012 she stood in for her husband, completing her first solo military engagement while he was on duty in the Falkland Islands. She continues to increase her engagements following the pregnancy announcement and early complications. An announcement is expected any time that will add to her list of royal patronages. This trend is expected to continue over the years as she and Prince William become full time working royals. In the meantime, the Duchess will be in the Lincolnshire town of Grimsby on March 5. While there, she will visit the National Fishing Heritage Centre, tour the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service at Peaks Lane Fire Station and visit Havelock Academy.