Kate’s Irish charm: An emerald Duchess presents St Patrick’s Day shamrocks to guardsmen (and she’s a knockout for one soldier)

The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant today as she presented soldiers with shamrocks to mark St Patrick’s Day. Kate wore an elegant green dress coat with a chocolate brown hat and an Irish Guards brooch that belonged to the Queen Mother as she attended the traditional parade in Aldershot.

But the excitement was all too much for one young soldier, who fainted to the ground in his stiff red uniform.

The Duchess watched the ceremonial military parade with a dazzling smile before bestowing lucky three-leafed clovers on 40 officers – and even their Irish Wolfhound mascot.

She glowed in her Emilia Wickstead dress and Lock & Co hat on her first solo military engagement, at the start of what will be a long-standing relationship with the Irish Guards.

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Kate’s Irish charm: An emerald Duchess presents St Patrick’s Day shamrocks to guardsmen (and she’s a knockout for one soldier)

The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant today as she presented soldiers with shamrocks to mark St Patrick’s Day. Kate wore an elegant green dress coat with a chocolate brown hat and an Irish Guards brooch that belonged to the Queen Mother as she attended the traditional parade in Aldershot.

But the excitement was all too much for one young soldier, who fainted to the ground in his stiff red uniform.

The Duchess watched the ceremonial military parade with a dazzling smile before bestowing lucky three-leafed clovers on 40 officers – and even their Irish Wolfhound mascot. She glowed in her Emilia Wickstead dress and Lock & Co hat on her first solo military engagement, at the start of what will be a long-standing relationship with the Irish Guards.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Emma Reynolds at Daily Mail.

Ireland shrugs off austerity for St. Patrick’s Day

Parades and festivals were being held throughout Ireland on Saturday as the debt-ridden country shrugged off economic austerity measures for the traditional Saint Patrick’s Day party.

The centrepiece of the celebrations, the Dublin parade and its marching bands, attracts about half a million people onto the capital’s streets, about 120,000 of them from abroad.

Some 60 million people worldwide claim Irish heritage and the feast day for Ireland’s patron saint has become one of the world’s most recognised national holidays.

There are parades around the globe, based on “craic”, or fun, music, green-coloured beer and fancy dress echoing the Emerald Isle’s favourite mythical creature — leprechauns.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by AFP News at Bangkok Post. 

Ireland shrugs off austerity for St. Patrick’s Day

Parades and festivals were being held throughout Ireland on Saturday as the debt-ridden country shrugged off economic austerity measures for the traditional Saint Patrick’s Day party.

The centrepiece of the celebrations, the Dublin parade and its marching bands, attracts about half a million people onto the capital’s streets, about 120,000 of them from abroad.

Some 60 million people worldwide claim Irish heritage and the feast day for Ireland’s patron saint has become one of the world’s most recognised national holidays.

There are parades around the globe, based on “craic”, or fun, music, green-coloured beer and fancy dress echoing the Emerald Isle’s favourite mythical creature — leprechauns.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by AFP News at Bangkok Post.