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Royal couple to visit Aldershot for St Patrick's Day celebrations

Prince William and wife Kate Middleton are due to visit Aldershot's Mons Barracks to celebrate St Patrick's Day for the second year in a row

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Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the guests of honour at this year's Irish Guards St Patrick's Day Parade in Aldershot

TRHs the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Aldershot to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will be guests at this year's Irish Guards parade at Mons Barracks on Monday March 17.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge will attend as Colonel of the Regiment and Her Royal Highness will step forward to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the officers and and warrant officers, who will in turn issue them along the ranks. This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated by Queen Alexandra, the wife of then-King Edward VII, back in 1901.

It is the second year in a row the couple have been in Aldershot for St Patrick's Day.

In total, 300 soldiers will march on to the parade square at the barracks, marching behind the Band of the Irish Guards. They will be accompanied by their regimental mascot Domhnall, an Irish wolfhound, who will receive his own sprig of shamrock from the Duchess.

Joining the Irish Guards on parade this year will be a company of reserve soldiers from the London Regiment, with whom they are paired under the new Army 2020 restructuring process.
 

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