THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE WILL ATTEND THE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow
Saturday 17th March, 2018
The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, accompanied by The Duchess of Cambridge, will visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on Saturday 17th March.
350 soldiers will march onto the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall. Her Royal Highness will step forward to present the shamrock to Officers and Warrant Officers, who will in turn issue it along the ranks. The parade will conclude with a march-past where His Royal Highness will take the salute.
The Duke and Duchess will then meet members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs, and afterwards they will meet soldiers and their families. Finally, The Duke and Duchess will visit the Guardsman’s lunch where the longest-serving Guardsman in the Battalion will propose a toast to Their Royal Highnesses, and thank The Duchess for presenting the gift of shamrock.
1st Battalion Irish Guards trooped its Colour at the Queen’s Birthday Parade in June 2016, before returning to their primary role of light role infantry. Exercises in Otterburn and Sennybridge followed in the autumn, preparing for two overseas deployments. In November, Number 1 Company travelled to the Falkland Islands for three months, conducting training and patrolling across the islands. Number 2 Company flew to Thailand for a month, where they took part in a jungle exercise with the Royal Thai Army – the first UK-Thai joint exercise for over 20 years. In the New Year, the Battalion returned to public duties, notably conducting Changing of the Guard in the heavy snow of Storm Emma last week.
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