While most of us are just getting St. Patrick’s Day started, the royals are, per usual, already one step ahead of us. On Sunday morning, Prince William and Kate Middleton honored the patron saint of Ireland with their annual visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, England.
Middleton’s paid tribute to the holiday every year since 2012 with a festive outfit (except for 2016, when she stayed home with the kids before a trip to India). This year, she opted for a never-before-seen emerald coat that’s honestly fit for a princess. According to Twitter fan @KateMCambridge, it’s custom-made Alexander McQueen, which has long been a favorite go-to designer for the royal. She even wore the designer just three days ago at the National Portrait Gallery gala in London.
Here’s a closeup of the gorgeous coat:
As we all know, Kate’s a fan of recycling coats and outfits, so we’re sure this won’t be the last time we’ll see her in her gorgeous coat dress.
The duchess continued the annual tradition that Queen Alexandra started in 1901—and spent some quality time with the 1st Battalion Irish Guardsmen’s 7-year-old Irish wolfhound.
She accessorized the look with a matching floral fascinator, a shamrock brooch, and a pair of new Gianvito Rossi black Piper pumps. She also paired her chic chignon bun with last year’s green amethyst and tourmaline drop earrings from Kiki McDonough. Prince William, who’s a colonel of the Irish Guards, partook in this year’s festivities wearing his official uniform.
In 2018, Middleton handed out shamrocks at the parade to officers in a stunning single-breasted fur-trimmed Catherine Walker coat, a coat she’s frequently worn since 2014. In 2017, the Duchess celebrated the holiday in a different double-breasted fur-trimmed coat, also by Catherine Walker, and sipped on a Guinness.
Today wraps up a busy week for the Duchess: She also attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster, the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre, and the Portrait Gala this week. Being a royal, it’s fair to say, is thirsty work—and a pint of the black stuff is more than deserved. Sláinte!