The Duchess of Cambridge was elegant in teal while on military duty today as she joined Prince William for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit to the Irish Guards.
Kate Middleton, 40, cut a chic figure in a gorgeous £3,200 Laura Green London dress, which she matched perfectly with complementing emerald accessories and a shamrock brooch, as she visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot.
The Duchess went on to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks, while the Duke, 39, could be seen proudly watching on.
The mother-of-three appeared in high spirits during the parade, taking a moment to ruffle the head of the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, before appearing utterly charmed by one young family attending the event.
It marks the first the time the mother-of-three and Prince William have attended the parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peekaboo! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were left chuckling as Lieutenant Colonel Rob Money put a bearskin hat on his 20-month-old daughter Gaia Money’s head as they attended the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’
The Duchess of Cambridge with 20-month-old Gaia Money, as she attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Prince William
A royal ruffle! Kate Middleton beamed as she stroked the head of the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, during the annual event today
The Duchess of Cambridge was elegant in teal while on military duty today as she joined Prince William for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit to the Irish Guards
Kate’s coat dress, by luxury womenswear designer Laura Green, is described online as a ‘distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool’
The Duchess went on to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks (pictured)
Showing off her motherly side! The Duchess stroked the head of one little girl during the event today, while the Duke proudly watched on
Meanwhile Prince William joined his wife at the event earlier today, marking the first the time the couple have attended the parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
Happy to be back! One young boy appeared overjoyed to be meeting the royals, greeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playfully with a salute
The mother-of-three could be seen stroking the head of the Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot while she presented him with his own sprig of shamrock to mark the occasion
The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, accompanied by The Duchess of Cambridge, visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot
The Duchess swept her brunette locks into a low bun for the occasion, opting for a smart emerald fascinator which she wore atop her head.
Meanwhile she kept her makeup neutral, with a sweep of dark eyeliner across her lid and a touch of nude lipstick.
Popular among wealthy fashionistas, Laura Green London employs teams of expert dressmakers to create bespoke pieces for their clients, who include presenters Lucy Verasamy and Charlotte Hawkins, and television personality Georgia Toffolo.
Zara Tindall, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, wore a Laura Green houndstooth coat dress to the Cheltenham Festival earlier this week.
The designer has been operating the pop-up store in the capital during the pandemic, but normally insists on appointment-only visits to her private London showroom.
On her website, Laura Green states: ‘Fashion has the power to uplift and we want our clients to feel unbound to where or when they envision themselves wearing the pieces.’
Following the parade the Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army (pictured together)
20-month-old Gaia appeared totally charmed by the playful trick from her father (pictured left and right, while Kate Middleton watched on)
Charmed to meet you! The Duchess appeared utterly taken with one little girl, who presented her with a posey of pink and white flowers (pictured)
The mother-of-three crouched down to the ground to speak to the little girl, who appeared to hide behind her posey of flowers
Meanwhile the Duke could be seen playfully tweaking at one little tot’s toes during the parade earlier this morning (pictured)
The Duchess was in high spirits as she joined the Officers and Guardsmen attending the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot
Following the parade the Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army
Kate with 20-month-old Gaia Money and her mother Lorraine Money, as she attends the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as she chatted with Lorraine Money, the mother of 20-month-old Gaia Money
The royal couple smile and laugh as Lieutenant Colonel Rob Money puts a bearskin hat on his 20-month-old daughter Gaia Money’s head
The coat dress is described online as a ‘distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool’.
As well as presenting the Irish guards with the sprigs of shamrock, the Duchess shared a playful moment with the Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot.
Animal lover Kate, who has a cocker spaniel puppy at home, presented the animal with his own sprig of shamrock to mark the occasion before ruffling the fur on his head and beaming.
The parade will conclude with a march-past where Prince William will take the salute.
Following the parade the Duke and Duchess then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army.
The Duchess appeared gentle as she slipped the shamrock onto the collar of the Irish Guards regimental mascot (pictured)
Animal-lover Kate could be seen reaching down to pin the shamrock to the Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, during the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speaks to an young guest as they attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War
Turlough Már, the Irish wolf hound regimental mascot, also known as Seamus, ahead of the arrival of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Kate and William will then visit the Junior Ranks dining hall where the Senior Guardsman in the Battalion will propose a toast to Their Royal Highnesses.
A custom begun by Queen Alexandra in 1901, the St Patrick’s Day shamrocks were once presented by the Queen Mother, although in recent years, Princess Anne has also taken on the job.
Since 2012, however, the duty has fallen to Kate, whose husband, the Duke of Cambridge, is the current royal colonel of the Irish Guards.
The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War.
Meanwhile the Duke of Cambridge (pictured left, in black) proudly watched as his wife presented the sprigs of shamrock to the Irish Officers and Guardsmen
The mother-of-three went on to present the traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks (pictured, and far left in black, Prince William)
(pictured, the Duchess today) Kate could be seen chatting with the Irish Guards as she joined the annual parade in Aldershot earlier this morning
A general view of sprigs of shamrock ahead of the arrival of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (pictured)
Following the parade the Duke (pictured left) and Duchess (pictured right) will meet members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs and a photo with Irish Guards in every rank in the British Army
The Duchess swept her brunette locks into a low bun for the occasion, opting for a smart emerald fascinator which she wore atop her head
Since then, the Guards, who, like all Guards regiments boast the Queen as their colonel-in-chief, have fought in all the major 20th century conflicts and, more recently, led the British advance into Basra during the Iraq War in 2003.
The Irish Guards were also among the last units to be deployed to Afghanistan and in 2013, were drafted in to play a mentoring role for local Afghan troops before being returned to the UK in time for the Queen’s birthday parade.
The engagement comes amid a busy period for the couple, who are about to embark on a week-long tour of the Caribbean.
William and Kate will visit the Caribbean as part of a tour of Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize – countries that are all still Commonwealth realms.
The Duchess appeared in good spirits as she chatted with the Irish Guards during the parade earlier today (pictured)
The Duchess’ smart green teal coat dress featured a distinctive sharp collar and a large oversized belt detail
The couple are set to launch a royal charm offensive on their first joint visit to Jamaica – with insiders hoping Kate will be a key player in persuading the country to stay in the Commonwealth.
In November, Barbados made the move to become a republic, losing the Queen as its official head of state, and Jamaica’s prime minister has confirmed his own country would now be keen to follow suit.
Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s prime minister, said just days after the official ceremony took place in Barbados to mark independence: ‘There is no question that Jamaican has to become republic.’
However, the Cambridges’ first major joint overseas tour since before the pandemic – coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – could see the country persuaded otherwise.
Meanwhile the mother-of-three pinned a shamrock brooch to her chest and opted for drop emerald earrings for the outing today
The Duchess cut a chic figure in a gorgeous teal coat dress, which she matched perfectly with complementing green accessories, as she visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot
The coat dress, by luxury womenswear designer Laura Green, is described online as a ‘distinguished piece cut in speckled hunting green military wool’
A visit from Kate and William – England’s future king and queen – could shore up crucial support for the Monarchy in the region.
And earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and hundreds of dignitaries and schoolchildren at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen, who has recently recovered from coronavirus and has been experiencing mobility issues, had hoped to attend in person but asked her son Charles to represent her at the service after discussing arrangements with members of the Royal Household.
Ensuring the comfort of the monarch, who now regularly uses a stick, is thought to have been an overriding consideration in her decision not to take part.
Kate appeared in good spirits as she arrived at the event earlier today. It marked the first time she has been in attendance since the start of the pandemic
As she arrived at the event earlier today, the Duchess beamed at the Irish Guards greeting her in Aldershot
The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War
The Irish Guards were also among the last units to be deployed to Afghanistan and in 2013, were drafted in to play a mentoring role for local Afghan troops before being returned to the UK in time for the Queen’s birthday parade
William and Kate get their hands on the all-new Range Rover: Royals arrive at St Patrick’s Day Parade in £100,000 flagship SUV weeks before UK customers get their first deliveries
By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk
Prince William and Kate Middleton appear to have leapfrogged the customer queue for the all-new Range Rover, with the Royal couple pictured arriving in one of the great British brand’s flagship SUVs that aren’t due to arrive with buyers for at least another month.
With Range Rover’s parent company Jaguar Land Rover holding all three Royal Warrants, it’s no surprise to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge using the luxury 4X4 on official duties.
However, their Royal connection might have helped them take delivery of their car well in advance of other customers, who may have ordered a new Range – which starts from £94,400 in the UK – but whose delivery dates are still weeks away.
And Wills and Kate have even gazumped the world’s motoring press, which is yet to have a drive of the flashy motor with the car’s global launch event taking place in the US early in April – which MailOnline and This is Money will be attending.
Royal ride: The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have been pictured using the all-new 2022 Range Rover, which isn’t due to be delivered to UK customers for weeks
The Duke and Duchess were pictured today in the brand new SUV while attending the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot.
The dark blue 4X4 is likely the first 2022 Range Rover on the road in the hands of someone other than JLR personnel.
Records show that the car was first registered in November and appears to be a P400 model, which features a mild hybrid ‘straight six’ cylinder 3.0-litre petrol engine with 400 horsepower.
This can propel the hulking SUV from zero to 62mph in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 150mph.
Prices for this engine option start from £98,000 for the standard short-wheelbase model – though this Royal example kitted out with all the bells and whistles would likely ring in at well over £100,000.
It weighs over three tonnes and emits 220g/km of CO2 – so it’s far from the greenest vehicle on the road today.
We asked Jaguar Land Rover to clarify details of the motor, but were told by a spokesman for the brand that ‘JLR does not comment on Royal vehicles’.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the 1st Battalion Irish Guards for the St Patrick’s Day Parade, at Mons Barracks in Aldershot on Thursday, having travelled in the 3.0-litre petrol Range Rover
This is the all-new Range Rover – the fifth generation of the luxury SUV that dates back to 1970
NEW RANGE ROVER: WILL IT FIT IN MY GARAGE?
On sale: now
Price: from £94,400
First deliveries: Late April 2022
Built: Solihull, England
Seats: 4, 5 and for the first time 7 (depending on model)
Versions: Standard and Long Wheel-base
*Standard wheel-base / Long wheelbase (where dimensions differ)
Length: 5,022mm / 5,252mm
Width (inc mirrors): 2,209mm
Wheelbase: 2,997mm / 3,197mm
Wheels: Up to 23 inch
Turning circle: 10.95mm / 11.54mm
Maximum off-road clearance: 295mm
Maximum incline: 45 degrees
Wading depth: 900mm
Approach angle: 34.7 degrees
Departure angle: 29 degrees
Maximum tow capacity: 3,500kg
Maximum roof load: 100kg
Loadspace: Max behind row one, all seats folded: 1,841 / 2,601 litres
Transmission: 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox
Trim levels: SE, HSE, Autobiography, and First Edition
From 2022: Exclusive ‘SV’ version from Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations arm (includes four-seat chauffer version)
– Plug-in Hybrid extended range PHEV
Available in two options: 510hp and 440hp
Electric-only range: up to 62 miles officially (real world estimate 50 miles)
Electric only top speed: up to 87mph
0 to 62mph (100km/hr): up to 5.6 seconds
Top speed: TBC
CO2 emissions: under 30g/km
Engine: 400 horse-power (PS) Ingenium 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder
Battery: 38.2kWh (useable capacity 31.8kWh)
Electric motor: 105kw
Charging time on 7.2kW AC wall-box: 5 hours
– New flagship 4.4 litre V8 530hp twin turbo petrol
0 to 62 mph (100km/hr): 4.6 seconds
Top speed: 155mph
CO2 emissions: 263g/km
– Mild hybrid ‘straight 6’ cylinder 3.0 litre petrol (P400) and 3.0 litre diesel engines (D300 and D350)
– First fully electric battery version from 2024
Jaguar Land Rover, which is now owned by India’s Tata Motors, not only holds all three Royal Warrants but was granted its first in 1951.
Last year, a 2013 Range Rover used by the Duke and Duchess was sold at auction for £50,625 – more than £10,000 over its pre-sale estimate and double what the vehicle is worth without a Royal connection.
The Range Rover Vogue SE SUV was originally supplied to Prince William and Kate for their personal use by Land Rover’s VIP Department in 2013.
Royal ride: This 2013 Range Rover was originally used by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, having been delivered to the couple by Land Rover’s VIP Department for their personal use. It sold at an Oxfordshire auction for £50,625 last May
The auction sale was a very unique scenario. It’s very rare for ex-Royal vehicles to be offered to the public with the full declaration of who the previous keepers are
The car was given to the couple in the same year Prince George was born, so might have been one of the vehicles used to transport him as a baby
In its eight years leading up to last year’s sale, the Range Rover had clocked up just 38,420 miles. The car retains the number plate it had during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ownership
TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER
The all-new Range Rover will be sold with petrol, diesel and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid versions and will debut as an all-electric model from 2024.
It marks the fifth-generation of the Range that dates back to 1970.
It has been specially designed on a flexible new platform which allows engineers to power it with both electric motors and batteries, as well as conventional combustion engines, with prices starting from £94,400.
Here are ten things you need to know about the new motor:
The Range Rover’s acceleration towards full electric power is the most significant update of all. It will be sold with a choice of Plug-in Electric Hybrid (PHEV) powertrains before a zero-emission version arrives in a couple of years
1. There will be a first fully-electric Land Rover model
The 2024 electric Range Rover with be Land Rover’s first battery-only model brought to market. It has sold plug-in hybrid versions of the luxury SUV in the previous generation and PHEV examples across the rest of the range, including the Land Rover Defender PHEV.
Parent firm JLR’s first EV was the I-Pace, which launched back in 2018.
An electric-only Range Rover will become Land Rover’s first full EV model launched in 2024 and be followed by six others as part of the brand’s efforts to switch power sources ahead of the ban on sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030
2. Available with seven seats for the first time
A seven-seater Range Rover with a third row of two seats is now an option for the first time in the extended-wheelbase version. Customers can also opt for a standard five-seater.
And the exclusive ‘SV’ version from the Special Vehicle Operations branch offers a four-seat chauffeur option.
For the first time ever, Range Rover buyers will be able to choose if they want a five- or seven-seat layout for their luxury 4X4
3. It features all-wheel steering…
This is said to improve high speed stability and low speed manoeuvrability.
The rear axle moves by up to seven degrees, giving a tighter turning circle of less than 11 metres.
Stability is also improved with intelligent all-wheel drive and a new ‘active 48-volt electronic roll control system’.
The introduction of rear-wheel steering should make the weighty Range Rover feel more agile and nimble in the bends
4. Design changes are highlighted by an all-new rear look
The rear of the new Range Rover shows the biggest change in design with large ‘hidden until lit’ lights and indicators in the dark panel that runs across the top section of the tailgate and then drops down around the side of the lower part of the boot door.
The front grille has also been tweaked and all sensors removed from the body panels and hidden out of sight in the lower bumper.
It also gets new high definition digital LED headlights.
The ‘hidden until lit’ rear light cluster is the standout change to the Range Rover’s design that portrays a new level of luxury
5. An interior suitable for vegans
Non leather and fabrics including Ultrafabrics and Kvadrat wool-blend, and others made from recycled plastics and fabrics, are offered to those with vegan tastes or ethical issues with animal hides.
Like many other car makers, Land Rover is moving away from animal-based materials for its interior fabrics to show it can be a sustainable brand
6. Range Rover’s biggest infotainment screen yet
The new 13.1-inch curved floating touch-screen – with graphics based around a three panel lay-out – dominates the elegant dashboard and is the biggest display to ever be installed in a Range Rover.
Controls for the screen for the first time provide ‘haptic’ feedback which gives users ‘a positive confirmation’ without the need to take their eyes off the road to glance at the display.
Rear passengers have a new rear-seat entertainment system with 11.4-inch screens for smart TV via in-car wi-fi.
The curved screen up front is the largest in Range Rover history at 13.1 inches. Passengers in the back also get 11.4-inch rear displays
7. Power-assisted doors all-round
All four passenger doors are power-assisted – a first for Land Rover. They feature integrated hazard detection, meaning they can’t swing open if a vehicle or cyclist is passing in close proximity, and also an ‘anti-pinch’ safety feature that prevents the door shutting on flailing limbs.
All doors in the new Range Rover are power assisted and incorporate a safety feature that will stop you from knocking cyclists off their bikes and trapping your arm as you try to get in. Pictured: The Daily Mail’s Ray Massey has already sat inside the new car – but is yet to drive it until next month
8. Split rear tailgate gets practicality tweaks…and a dog ramp
The split rear tailgate – a feature since 1970 – is updated with new features. Inside the load-space floor has flexible panels to partition areas for easier load-lugging.
The five-seater version also has a new auto-folding loadspace cover which retracts when the upper tailgate is opened, providing unrestricted access without lowering the lower tailgate.
There’s also the option of a dog ramp as part of an additional pet pack (also includes travel cage and mobile hose) to make it easier for your furry friend to access the boot compartment.
Land Rover have made changes to the boot and tailgate to make it more practical – for you and for your pets, it appears
9. Voice control available in a super-hushed cabin
This is a Range Rover you can have a full blown conversation with. It features voice control and commands for music, navigation and traffic updates via Amazon ‘Alexa’, as well as using its artificial intelligence to check the news and weather, schedule meetings, and even turn on your lights at home.
You should have no issues telling the Range Rover what you want as there will be little to no road rumble in the cabin. That’s because noise-cancelling technology piped through speakers installed in the headrests to help maintain the interior as a ‘calm oasis’.
It will also have clean air technology to filter out odours and viruses, including Covid-19 and Sars viruses.
The interior should be quieter than ever before – and not just because Land Rover is adding electric power. It’s because noise-cancelling tech will prevent road rumble being audible in the cabin
10. Active suspension that knows when you’re about to hit a bump
The new Range Rover enjoys ‘pre-emptive suspension’ which uses chassis control and Electronic Air Suspension to ‘read’ the road ahead via the sat-nav and sensors and prime the vehicle for looming bumps and corners.
A ‘pre-emptive suspension’ system means the Range Rover can prepare its shocks for the biggest ruts by scanning the road ahead
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