Kate Middleton broke a royal tradition yesterday, and fans were left a little upset.
The Duchess of Cambridge has handed out the shamrocks to the Irish Guards at the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations every year since 2011, when she took over from Princess Margaret.
But yesterday, fans who were no doubt eagerly awaiting the Princess’ arrival were left disappointed when she failed to show, leaving hubby Prince William to step in on her behalf instead.
So, where was she?!
Well, the mum-of-two had a very legitimate reason for missing this year’s parade – she was actually spending time at home at Anmar Hall to ‘focus on the family’ before her and William’s week-long trip to India and Bhuta.
‘The Duchess has very much enjoyed the occasions when she has been able to attend, but the Duke is the Colonel of the Regiment and is looking forward to presenting the Irish Guards with their Shamrock’, Kensington Palace said in a statement ahead of yesterday’s event.
‘The Duchess looks forward to marking St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards many times in the future.’
The Palace also made the point that although Kate has handed out the shamrock for the past five years, it’s officially the Duke of Cambridge’s role, anyway.
Company Sergeant Major Carl Laverty said after the St. Patrick’s Day event that they were all ‘conscious that she [Kate] has family commitments” and were more than happy with Will turning up in her place.
Naw. You lap up that time with George and Charlotte, KM.