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16th Mar 2016

Duchess Ducks Out Of St Patrick’s Day Tradition

Katie Mythen-Lynch

Word has it Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton will break a 115-year-old tradition this St Patrick’s Day, by deciding not to join her husband in presenting shamrock to soldiers from the Irish Guards.

The Duke of Cambridge is Colonel of the Regiment (Wills wore his Irish Guards uniform when he wed Kate at Westminster Abbey in 2011) and the couple were due to attend the Parade Square at the Mons Barracks base in Aldershot as usual tomorrow to take part in the custom.

A source told The Daily Mail: ‘It appears that Kate, in London for Commonwealth Day, was keen to get back to Norfolk and her children. So William will dole out the shamrocks. Naturally Irish Guards officers are deflated.’

Clarence House has yet to issue a statement but it looks like William will be on shamrock duty alone this year. We’re sure George and Charlotte will approve.

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