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Catherine, Princess of Wales, better known as Kate Middleton, attends the St. Patrick’s Day parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, England, on Friday, wearing a colour-appropriate ensemble.

In honor of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Princess of Wales wore a head-to-toe ensemble that included a Catherine Walker coat dress with matching Gianvito Rossi pumps and a Jane Taylor London fascinator hat. Middleton accessorized the ensemble with a gold Cartier shamrock brooch.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, attends the 2023 St Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks.

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The brooch is said to have been owned by the Irish Guards and is used by royal ladies attached to the regiment on St. Patrick’s Day. In the past, the shamrock pin was worn by Anne, the Princess Royal, and Queen Elizabeth II. However, since 2011 the brooch has been worn exclusively by Middleton.

Prince William, dressed in full black military dress, accompanied his wife to the parade. It marks Middleton’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade as Colonel of the Irish Guards. William held the honorary position until last year.

ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks on March 17, 2023 in Aldershot, England.  Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the parade for the first time as Colonel of the Regiment, succeeding the outgoing Colonel, the Prince of Wales.  (Photo by Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend the St Patrick’s Day parade at Mons Barracks.

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Middleton has participated in handing out shamrocks to the Irish Guards on St Patrick’s Day for a decade. She has attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade eight times. This year, she got a chance to play with the Guards’ mascot, an affectionate Irish Wolfhound.

The Princess of Wales has been busy with various public appearances since the beginning of the year. In January she stepped out in a bespoke Roland Mouret burgundy pantsuit with Daniel Draper jewelry. A few weeks after that appearance, she made her first official visit to Cornwall with Prince William. It marked the couple’s first official visit to Cornwall since they assumed the titles Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, which previously belonged to King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort.

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