The royal couple usually honor the Irish Guards at their parade — and it's not coronavirus that's stopping them

By Stephanie Petit and Simon Perry
March 16, 2020 10:07 AM

Prince William and Kate Middleton are doing St. Patrick’s Day differently this year.

The royal couple have an annual tradition of honoring the Irish Guards during a parade to mark the holiday. The event usually includes a pat from Kate for the guards’ mascot, Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, and a pint of Guinness.

However, the event isn’t happening this year — and it’s not due to the coronavirus outbreak that has canceled gatherings around the world. The Irish Guards’ first battalion are currently deployed in Iraq and South Sudan, so they won’t be holding a parade in their honor.

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Kate Middleton in 2019
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Last year, the royal mom presented shamrocks to Officers and Warrant Officers, and William, who is Colonel of the Regiment, saluted the marchers.

The couple then met members of the Regiment before sitting for official Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess photographs. Afterwards, they greeted soldiers and their families.

Kate, 38, has also become known for her gorgeous green outfits. She got in the holiday spirit with a forest green Alexander McQueen coat that she topped with a matching fascinator in 2019, accessorizing with a pair of green tourmaline and green amethyst Kiki McDonough earrings.

Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2018
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Luckily, the couple celebrated St. Patrick’s Day early this year with a three-day royal tour of Ireland.

The duo left their three children — Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, who turns 2 next month — at their palace home in London as they visited the Emerald Isle, charming locals in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway.

Kate Middleton, William
Kate Middleton and Prince William

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Kate and Prince William’s tour of Ireland included sipping Guinness, meeting Irish President Michael D. Higgins’ dog, visiting a traditional Irish pub and playing Gaelic sports with children.