Kate Middleton celebrates St. Patrick's Day by visiting the Irish Guards

catherine-st-patricks-day-5.jpgGuess who looks beautiful and fashionable even decked out in green and drinking for St. Patrick's Day? Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, naturally. *dreamy sigh*

For St. Patrick's Day 2012, Catherine visited the Aldershot Barracks in Aldershot, England, where she presented shamrocks to 40 members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards during the St. Patrick's Day parade. The regiment was formed in 1900 by Queen Victoria, to honor the Irish soldiers who served in the British army during the second Boer War in South Africa.

The tradition of handing out shamrocks used to be performed by the Queen Mother, Elizabeth, the widow of King George VI and mother to Queen Elizabeth II. This year, it became Catherine's first solo military engagement. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is an honorary colonel in the regiment.

And in case you're wondering what she's drinking in the picture below, that is Harvey's Bristol Cream, a sherry that is not served cold (as most sherrys are) and which is made in Bristol, England.

Cheers!

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