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In pics: Duchess Kate enjoys pint of Guinness to mark St Patrick’s day after Irish Guards parade

The Duchess of Cambridge takes a drink of Guinness as she meets with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
The Duchess of Cambridge takes a drink of Guinness as she meets with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

THE Duchess of Cambridge sipped on a pint of Guinness to traditionally mark St Patrick’s Day.

She toasted the pint with her husband the Duke of Cambridge after a parade of the Irish Guards.

Prince William attended the event in his role as colonel of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, an infantry unit who gather on St Patrick’s Day for the ceremonial celebration.

Ministry of Defence handout photo of the Duchess of Cambridge, visits the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, at the Cavalry Barracks, in Hounslow, where the Duchess will present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Sgt Rupert Frere/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The Duchess of Cambridge, visits the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, at the Cavalry Barracks (Sgt Rupert Frere/PA Wire)

Led by a regimental band and their mascot Irish wolfhound Domhnall, 450 soldiers marched on Parade Square at the Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, west London.

During the parade Kate, wearing a dark green Catherine Walker coat, presented sprigs of shamrock to officers.

The Duchess of Cambridge hands out bunches of Shamrocks to soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during their St Patrick's day Parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge hands out bunches of Shamrocks to soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during their St Patrick’s Day Parade (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The royal couple then met some of the soldiers and their families for lunch in the welfare centre of the barracks where the longest-serving Guardsman in the battalion proposed a toast to and thanked the Duchess for presenting the shamrocks.

The Duchess of Cambridge stands with a pint of Guinness in her hand as she meets with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge stands with a pint of Guinness in her hand as she meets with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Lt Col Alex Turner said: “He (William) is our first royal colonel and so he brought a youthful vitality to the role which in the past has been a bit more stately.”

Seven year old Katy Lorimer presents flowers to The Duchess of Cambridge following the St Patrick's Day parade with the 1st Battalion the Irish Guards at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Seven year old Katy Lorimer presents flowers to The Duchess of Cambridge following the St Patrick’s Day Parade (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The Duke showed he could relate to some of the children present when he recognised an episode of Peppa Pig which a toddler was watching.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they meet with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand with pints of Guinness in their hands (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Jo Fallon, who attended the parade, said William recognised the cartoon her son Zach was looking at on a phone.

“They (Kate and William) were very down to earth and very friendly,” she added.

William wore an Irish Guards frock coat to mark his rank as colonel, and as hespoke with soldiers he asked about their training and careers.

Ministry of Defence handout photo of the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, and the Duchess of Cambridge, visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, at the Cavalry Barracks, in Hounslow, where the Duchess will present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 17, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Cambridge. Photo credit should read: Sgt Rupert Frere/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Ministry of Defence handout photo of the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, and the Duchess of Cambridge, visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, at the Cavalry Barracks, in Hounslow (Sgt Rupert Frere/PA Wire)

Lt Col Alex Turner said: “A lot of the men have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and we have been in the jungle in Belize.

“We are jungle specialists.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit for an official photograph. (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sit for an official photograph. (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The Irish Guards are set to undergo further jungle training in Thailand.

When one soldier told William this, he laughed and said: “Enjoy Thailand, I can’t wait to hear stories of Thailand!”