Prince William to follow in Kate's footsteps at paradeBy Amy Taylor
February 21, 2013
PRINCE William is expected to be the guest of honour at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Aldershot next month.
The Duke of Cambridge is rumoured to be the royal visitor to the annual military parade on Sunday March 17 at Mons Barracks, which last year hosted his wife Kate for the same event.
The Duke, 30, was appointed Colonel of the Irish Guards in May 2011, his first honorary position within the Army.
He has been Commodore-in-Chief of Scotland and Commodore-in-Chief of Submarines since 2006, and Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby since 2008.
A search and rescue pilot in the RAF, the Duke is the Irish Guards’ first royal colonel, replacing Major General Sir Sebastian Roberts.
A spokesman for the British Army was unable to confirm the Duke’s attendance at the parade, with details not due to be officially released until the beginning of next month.
However, anticipation is building among other invited guests, many of whom will have the chance to meet the royal visitor as Shamrocks are presented to the officers and guardsmen from 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, who are stationed in Aldershot.
The Duchess’ attendance last year marked her first solo military engagement since marrying Prince William in April 2011, while her husband completed a mission in the Falkland Islands.
The 31-year-old, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, presented the traditional sprigs of shamrock to 40 members of the Irish Guards and watched more than 400 soldiers perform a traditional military parade in full ceremonial uniform.
Dressed in emerald green and wearing a gold shamrock-shaped brooch, an heirloom inherited from the late Queen Mother, the Duchess also gave a shamrock to the regimental mascot, Conmeal, an Irish Wolfhound.
Prince William’s rumoured visit will be the continuation of a 112-year-old tradition of giving shamrocks to the men on St Patrick’s Day, which was started by Edward VII’s wife, Queen Alexandra, in 1901.