Posted on March 18, 2019
Kate and Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, were visiting personnel from 1st Battalion at their base in Hounslow, west London. The parade began with the Last Post, before a minute of silence was observed in memory of the 50 victims killed in the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. The Duchess presented the shamrock to Officers and Warrant Officers and three cheers were raised to the couple before a march past where Prince William took the salute. 350 soldiers marched on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks.
Leading the procession was Irish wolfhound and regimental mascot Domnhall, whom the Duchess stroked while presenting him with a shamrock. Drummer David Murray, his regimental handler, said the St Patrick’s Day parade was “number one” in his calendar and like a “second birthday”.
The mascot was presented with his first shamrock in 2013 and led the regimental band and parade. Drummer Murray said: “We’ve had a week-long preparation as a battalion, we’ve had a couple of rehearsals, couple of little bits that we’ve had to obviously fine tune. Domhnall – he’s been in the battalion since 2012, he’s pretty good at his job… doesn’t really need to fine tune much so in regards to me and him it’s been quite a smooth week. He helps me through the parade to be honest, he knows what he’s doing.”