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Duchess of Cambridge presents St Patrick's Day shamrocks to Irish Guards

Duchess of Cambridge presents shamrocks on St Patrick's Day Image copyright EPA

The Duchess of Cambridge has presented shamrocks to soldiers from the Irish Guards to mark St Patrick's Day.

The Duchess handed out bunches to officers and guardsmen at Mons Barracks in Aldershot.

But she struggled to pin a sprig on the collar of the regiment's mascot Irish wolfhound, Domhnall, as it kept falling off.

She was joined at the parade by the Duke of Cambridge, who is Royal Colonel of the Regiment.

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Image caption The three-year-old dog is also treated to a sip of Guinness after the ceremony
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Image caption The Duchess spoke to soldiers and their families after the parade
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Image caption A senior female member of the Royal Family has carried out the St Patrick's Day ceremony since 1901
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Image caption The Duke of Cambridge wore the uniform of the Irish Guards, of whom he is Royal Colonel

Domhnall's handler Drummer Dean Kirk said: "It wouldn't go on his collar, we had a bit of trouble with the shamrock."

The Duchess later joked about the mishap with three children who presented her with a posy of white flowers.

Catherine, who is expecting the couple's second child, wore a gold shamrock brooch which was originally presented by the Irish Guards to the Queen Mother, who traditionally led the ceremony during her life.

The ceremony was inaugurated in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, wife of the then king, Edward VII.

Ever since then, a senior female member of the Royal Family has carried it out.

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