Kate Middleton and William ‘broke’ a century-old royal St. Patrick’s Day custom


In 2016, Kate Middleton defied a century-old royal St. Patrick’s Day custom.
During the annual St. Patrick’s Day procession, female members of the Royal Family hand out sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen, who distribute them across the ranks.

The history of female royals performing this responsibility began with Queen Alexandra in 1901, followed by the Queen Mother, who was succeeded by Princess Anne.

The Duchess of Cambridge took up the task in 2012, and after four years of faithful service, she violated royal precedent by staying at home with her two children, George and Charlotte, rather than attending the march.

Instead, her husband, Prince William, was charged with distributing the sprigs to 450 men of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.


Soldiers and royal admirers were dismayed by her absence, although advisors at the time claimed that it was principally William’s job, as Colonel of the regiment, to participate in the event.

Although the troops on parade were upset that Kate did not arrive, Company Sergeant Major Carl Laverty explained that they were “aware that she has family obligations,” adding that the “lads were thrilled” to have their Colonel give the honours instead.

The future king was also required to provide the regiment’s mascot, Domhnall, an Irish wolfhound, with its own sprig of shamrock.

After seeing his wife’s fruitless attempts to attach the shamrock to Domhnall’s collar the year before, William elected to delegate the chores to the dog’s handler.

This comes after it was discovered that Kate and William had prohibited their children from using social media.

“Kate and William will not let them have accounts, even if they are hidden.” “They completely oppose young children having social media profiles,” a source told Us Weekly’s YouTube page.

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