They might have a tough schedule on their hands as they constantly attend a series of royal engagements around the world, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had time to let their hair down on their latest outing together – and they looked more loved-up than ever.
Catherine, 37, put on a stunning display in a stylish emerald green outfit, choosing a fitted Alexander McQueen coat coupled with a matching hat and simple black heels.
Adding some statement emerald jewel earrings, and tying her hair back in an elegant up do, the mother-of-three looked incredible as she shared a series of loving glances with William – who dressed up for the occasion in his Irish Guards Frock Coat.
The pair were watching a traditional parade of the Irish Guards as they visited the 1st Battalion at its base in Hounslow, London. William has been colonel of the regiment since 2011.
While the duchess presented sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers, William saluted during the parade, before the pair had time to meet Domhnall, the Irish wolfhound joining the officers on the day. Showing her love of animals, Catherine bent down to pat the pooch and looked in her element as she flashed a huge smile.
In true St Paddy’s Day style, the couple then indulged in a spot of Guinness each and were pictured taking their first sip in front of their hosts.
This time last year, Catherine was still pregnant with Prince Louis so famously opted to drink water rather than Guinness during the event.
However, there was a moment of sombre reflection and sorrow during the visit, as William and Catherine later led a minute’s silence to pay respects to the New Zealand terror attack victims following the horrific attack in Christchurch on Friday.
They were joined by around 350 soldiers who all marched on the Parade Square, surrounded by their closest family members.
Drummer David Murray, Domhnall’s regimental handler, told the Mail Online: “We’ve had a week-long preparation as a battalion, we’ve had a couple of rehearsals, couple of little bits that we’ve had to obviously fine tune.”
☘️ On #StPatricksDay The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the @irishguards, accompanied by The Duchess, visited 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, 350 soldiers marched onto the Parade Square, where The Duchess presented the shamrock to Officers and Warrant Officers. 📸 PA
The outing came after they joined the rest of the royal family in paying a heartfelt tribute to the people of New Zealand this weekend, after the shocking mass shooting in Christchurch. On Friday afternoon the city in the country’s south island was targeted in what has been described as a designated terrorist attack – leaving 50 people killed.
The Queen, Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Prince Harry and Meghan and Prince William and Kate all shared heartfelt messages to the country’s people in their time of hardship.
A message from The Queen to the people of New Zealand: “I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends who have lost their lives. I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured. At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders. – Elizabeth R”
“I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today,” Queen Elizabeth II wrote in a post shared on Instagram. “Prince Phillip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
“I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured. At this tragic time my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.”
The younger members of the royal family sent a similar message following the crime, noting how evil the attack was.
“This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a message shared on Instagram.
“It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community and friendship. We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.”