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The Princess of Wales looked radiant in turquoise this morning as she stepped out with Prince William for the St Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot.

Kate, 41, attended the event for the first time in her capacity as Colonel of the Irish Guards, following her action-packed day carrying out training drills with them last week.

However, whereas last week she stunned in a camouflage chic outfit as she got stuck in with an emergency medical exercise, today the Princess was elegant in a structured outfit with a hat and fascinator.

She wore a turquoise Catherine Walker coat complete with a frilled heart-shaped fascinator costing £1,450 from Jane Taylor and proudly displayed a Cartier shamrock brooch on her chest.

Her long brunette locks flowed down her shoulders, while her make-up was minimal to enhance her natural beauty.

The Princess of Wales looked radiant in turquoise as she arrived at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Aldershot this morning on her first event since becoming colonel of the Irish Guards. Upon arrival, Kate was given a sprig of shamrocks to wear on her coat, before she handed out the plant to the soldiers

The Princess of Wales looked radiant in turquoise as she arrived at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot this morning on her first event since becoming colonel of the Irish Guards. Upon arrival, Kate was given a sprig of shamrocks to wear on her coat, before she handed out the plant to the soldiers

The mother-of-three kept her jewellery simple with a pair of emerald earrings which she has worn several times before. 

During the parade, the Prince and Princess of Wales will present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen, who will then issue it among the ranks and will present it to the Irish wolf hound regimental mascot.

Following the parade, the Prince and Princess of Wales will meet with the Irish Guards Association which comprises of past members of the Irish Guards.

Kate will be invited to inspect the front rank, while William will inspect the second rank.

Following the inspection, the Prince and Princess will meet members of the regiment before sitting for official photographs.

The Princess attended the event as her first St Patrick's Day Parade since she became colonel of the Irish Guards

The Princess attended the event as her first St Patrick’s Day Parade since she became colonel of the Irish Guards

Larking about: The Prince and Princess of Wales erupted in laughter as Prince William's shamrock sprig was placed on his hat

Larking about: The Prince and Princess of Wales erupted in laughter as Prince William’s shamrock sprig was placed on his hat

Kate and William could barely control their giggles as they fell about chuckling over the shamrock sprigs

Kate and William could barely control their giggles as they fell about chuckling over the shamrock sprigs

The Princess of Wales made a fuss of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards mascot, an Irish Wolfhound dog

The Princess of Wales made a fuss of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards mascot, an Irish Wolfhound dog

Princess of Wales meets a dog

Kate makes a fuss of the dog

The Princess of Wales stroked the Irish Wolfhound’s chin, who was wearing a red coat, and made a fuss of him 

The look of love! Kate flashed her husband Prince William a winning smile as he joined her at the Barracks

The look of love! Kate flashed her husband Prince William a winning smile as he joined her at the Barracks

Despite rain pouring down, dutiful Kate had a huge smile on her face while she handed out the shamrock sprig

Despite rain pouring down, dutiful Kate had a huge smile on her face while she handed out the shamrock sprig

The Princess of Wales looked elegant and sleek in the turquoise outfit as she handed out the sprig

The Princess of Wales looked elegant and sleek in the turquoise outfit as she handed out the sprig

As rain hammered down, the Princess of Wales protected her brunette locks with her Jane Taylor hat and frilled fascinator

As rain hammered down, the Princess of Wales protected her brunette locks with her Jane Taylor hat and frilled fascinator

The Princess of Wales chatted to the soldier while handing him a shamrock sprig, ignoring the rain pattering down

The Princess of Wales chatted to the soldier while handing him a shamrock sprig, ignoring the rain pattering down

The hard-working Princess of Wales beamed as she handed over the shamrock sprig to the soldier

The hard-working Princess of Wales beamed as she handed over the shamrock sprig to the soldier

The Princess of Wales was a bright flash of colour as she stepped out of the car against a grey background

The Princess of Wales was a bright flash of colour as she stepped out of the car against a grey background

As she was greeted in a military salute, Kate smiled back at the soldier as she arrived at Mons Barracks

As she was greeted in a military salute, Kate smiled back at the soldier as she arrived at Mons Barracks

Kate, 41, beamed as she arrived in Aldershot and proudly displayed a gold shamrock brooch on her teal coat

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Kate, 41, beamed as she arrived in Aldershot and proudly displayed a gold shamrock brooch on her teal coat

The Princess was a bright flash of colour amid a grey, rainy backdrop as she stepped out of the car and was greeted with a military salute

Kate arriving in Aldershot

The Princess was a bright flash of colour amid a grey, rainy backdrop as she stepped out of the car and was greeted with a military salute

Kate arrived at the event as colonel of the Irish Guards following her visit to a training ground in Salisbury last week to run drills with the regiment

Kate arrived at the event as colonel of the Irish Guards following her visit to a training ground in Salisbury last week to run drills with the regiment

The Princess of Wales looked radiant in teal as she arrived at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Aldershot this morning on her first event since becoming colonel of the Irish Guards

The Princess of Wales looked radiant in teal as she arrived at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot this morning on her first event since becoming colonel of the Irish Guards

Kate beamed as she stepped out of the car into the dreary weather, paying no attention to the rain

Kate beamed as she stepped out of the car into the dreary weather, paying no attention to the rain 

They will also visit the Junior Ranks dining hall where the senior guardsmen in the Battalion will propose a toast to the couple. 

Last week, the Princess of Wales attended the Salisbury Plain Training Area where she carried out military-style drills on her first official visit to the regiment as colonel.

With her hair pulled back into a sensible French braid, she got stuck into a battlefield casualty drill.

Crouching in the snow, she held the soldier’s leg as she was shown how to wrap the wound and check the casualty’s vital signs during basic battlefield first aid training.

As she placed a tourniquet – used to stop heavy bleeding – on his calf, the Princess apologised and said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve done this’.

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Her appearance marked the first time Kate has visited the Irish Guards in her new position as honorary Colonel – she was promoted to her first Army role in December, taking over the position from Prince William.

Kate enthusiastically asked questions about the different first aid methods used by medics in the Army as she tended to the fake injury during the casualty simulation. She then applied a second tourniquet and Celox gauze – also used to stop bleeding – to the soldier with the fake leg injury and chest gunshot wound.

Lance Corporal Jodie Newell, 25, who was in charge of teaching the Princess first aid, said: ‘I was so nervous – I’m teaching the Princess of Wales med [medicine] – it was an honour.

‘We were just showing her what we medics do in the Army. She was actually really good, really eager to take part.’ L/Cpl Newell added that Kate took it ‘all in her stride, like she has done it before’ and that it was ‘amazing’ to have her visit the training area, particularly on International Women’s Day.

Afterwards the Princess said that taking part in military first aid exercises brought the realities of their training ‘to life’.

She said that the battlefield casualty drills, complete with fake gun fire and explosions, ‘just brought it all to life’.

The Princess also learnt about anti-vehicle and anti-personnel mine clearance and viewed the weapons systems used by the Irish Guards. As part of the visit, she met guardsmen of No 1 and No 2 companies, who told her about their recent experiences training park rangers in East Africa in methods to counter poaching.

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