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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Irish Guards

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Media captionThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a tipple at the barracks

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at their barracks in Aldershot to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

The duchess presented sprigs of shamrock to some 300 soldiers on parade and Irish wolfhound Domhnall - the regiment's mascot.

Prince William was made an honorary colonel of the regiment in 2011.

The event, at Mons Barracks, dates back to 1901.

The presentation of the shamrocks was previously performed by the late Queen Mother.

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Image caption The Irish Guards were formed in 1900 in recognition of the actions of Irish regiments in the Boer War
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Image caption The unit often carries out ceremonial duties but has also been actively involved in fighting in Afghanistan
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Image caption Soldiers from the regiment, which supplied the pallbearers for the Queen Mother's funeral in 2002, are affectionately known as "the micks"
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Image caption Prince William is the Irish Guards' first royal colonel and wore the regiment's uniform on his wedding day
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Image caption The duke and duchess left their son, George, at home. Asked by a former soldier if they planned any more children, William replied: "Maybe one day, one's enough at the moment."

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