Kate Middleton presents shamrocks to Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day
Kate Middleton, aka Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, made her first solo military engagement to visit the Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day.
At the St. Patrick's Day event, the royal enjoyed a glass of Harvey's Bristol Creme sherry and gave sprigs of shamrock to members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Aldershot, England on Saturday, March 17. She also placed a shamrock on the collar of the Regimental mascot, an Irish wolfhound named Conmeal, according to BBC News.
The 450 Irish Guards donned ceremonial uniforms of red tunics and bearskins for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Prince William was made an honorary Colonel in the regiment and wore his ceremonial uniform to his wedding in April 2011.
The annual visit was previously carried out by Prince William's great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002. Princess Anne also presided over the event up until this year, when Middleton took over.
The royal donned an emerald green Emilia Wickstead coat dress with a chocolate brown Lock and Co. 'Betty Boop' hat with matching suede heels and and a gold shamrock brooch, which was previously worn by the Queen Mother. Following the festivities, the royal had a meeting with senior personnel.
Kate recently celebrated her 30th birthday with a "low-key and private" affair. She is several months older than her husband, who will turn 30 in June. The two will celebrate their one-year anniversary in April.
Kate was voted to be one of the "Most Trusted Celebrities" last year and she also made the list of the Most Desirable Woman of 2012.
Watch a video of Kate Middleton's St. Patrick's Day festivities below.