Raise the goblets, or rather the mugs, for the new Colonel Kate! The Princess of Wales has succeeded her husband William as head of the Irish regiment and he toasted with a glass of Guinness to the happy event. For the first time since she was awarded the new role, in fact, the wife of the heir to the throne took part in the official parade of the British army infantry regiment in Aldershot (in Hampshire) on St. Patrick’s Day, protector of Ireland.
Despite the snow, Kate Middleton looked impeccably dressed in the peacock green coat designed by Catherine Walkter and with emerald earrings, to honor the Irish colours. The men and women of the armed forces have given her a kind of camouflage bouquet like the one they use for camouflage. She promptly pinned it to her chest next to her gold brooch by Cartier in the shape of a clover, another symbol of the nation, before greeting the wolf dog Seamus, mascot of the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards. Prince William, on the other hand, sported it on his uniform hat: now King Charles’ son is Colonel of the Welsh Guards.
The spouses kept up the morale of the troops with highly praised speeches, on the valor and pride of the military.
Kate Middleton told them: «I couldn’t be more proud to stand before you today. It’s a real honor to be your Colonel. I am here to listen to you, support you and inspire you in everything you do. And it’s not a responsibility I take lightly.” And so she dismissed her husband, calling him ‘Colonel William’ and thanking him for his service as the 10th Chief of the Irish Regiment. In turn, Lady Diana’s eldest son said he was honored to have held the role and assured that his wife is already very devoted to the new, albeit honorary, position.
As per tradition, the princess of Wales last week he participated in an exercisealways under the snow, in camouflage training with the soldiers of the regiment.
Meanwhile, one of the historic days for the monarchy is approaching for the royal family, the coronation of King Charles IIIon May 6, which will see him next to the reigning queen Camilla at the head of a nation still divided between the loss of the late Elizabeth II and the Megxit scandal.
Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare – The minor (published in Italy by Mondadori), has cast many shadows on the Palazzo and above all on the older brother, accused of being capricious, envious and even violenton one occasion.
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