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March 17, 2019

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Alexander McQueen – The Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Alexander McQueen - The Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade

Since 1901, women in the royal family have taken part in a St. Patrick’s Day tradition of handing out shamrocks to Hounslow-based Irish Guards.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge assumed the role in 2012, dutifully handing out clovers to the Guards and their adorable mascot, a Wolfhound named Domhnall.

The other tradition from this event is that Catherine can always be relied up to wear a chic green coat, stylish hat, and shamrock brooch.

For today’s ceremony, the Duchess wore a new Alexander McQueen coat in a rich green shade.

I love the military style detailing we can always expect from her Alexander McQueen outerwear, and the modern touch imbued by the peplum.

A coordinating pillbox hat by Lock & Co. plus black Gianvito Rossi pumps completed her chic outfit, which sees the Duchess continues her love affair with all things green.

Let’s take a look back at Catherine’s previous St Patrick’s Day looks.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - The Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade

2018: Catherine opted for a maternity coat from Catherine Walker, paired with a Gina Foster hat she first donned on St. Patrick’s Day in 2014.

Catherine opted for a maternity coat from Catherine Walker, paired with a Gina Foster hat she first donned on St. Patrick’s Day in 2014.

2017:The Duchess opted for another bespoke Catherine Walker design.

2015: Catherine skipped out on the 2016 event, saying that she wished to spend time with her children. The decision caused some backlash.

In 2015, she donned another Catherine Walker design, but in a shade of dark green. She paired it with a Lock & Co hat, which she had also worn to her first-ever St. Patrick’s Day event in 2012.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - The Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade

2014: Catherine opted for a Hobbs coat and a Gina Foster hat—of course accessorized with a generous sprig of shamrocks.

2013: Unlike her later St. Patrick’s Day ensembles, the Emilia Wickstead coat Catherine wore in 2013 and 2012 wasn’t high-necked.

2012: For her first St. Patrick’s Day event, the Duchess wore the same Emilia Wickstead coat that she would wear the next year. In 2012, however, she added a belt, and wore her hair in a chic blowout.

Is is me, or has her style become more fresh and youthful in 2019, compared to the others?

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22 Responses to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Alexander McQueen – The Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade

  1. kane March 29, 2019 at 10:34 pm #

    She seems more comfortable in her skin this year.

  2. lmkw March 18, 2019 at 11:27 pm #

    Her style is definitely improving for the better. 2019 is great but I like 2014 best. I like the belted double breasted but not too military styling but mostly it’s the shoes. Those shoes are gooood.

  3. jk March 18, 2019 at 10:59 pm #

    It’s safe to say, McQueen is a much better choice than Walker. While Walker does no wrong, they are kind of a snoozer. Where as the McQueens usually have unexpected tailoring that makes them much more contemporary.

  4. meme March 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    I love the 2019 coat and I think she is dressing more youthful. She looks fabulous. I love all her coats because they are so impeccably tailored.

    • Catherine Kallon March 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

      Yes, her outerwear is impeccable, but I am glad that coat/dress phase is over.

  5. Tina K March 18, 2019 at 8:35 am #

    Looking at this post I felt like Andrea from The Devil Wears Prada movie, when Miranda and the staff are confused between two similar cerulean belts.

    • Jules March 18, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      +1

    • TeaAtTwo March 18, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      Now, I really want to re-watch that movie again.

      • Catherine Kallon March 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

        me too

  6. Lara March 18, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    I love this year’s look. I think this is one of the annual events where Catherine always looks amazing.

  7. Ruth March 17, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

    Jesus Christ, is this the only type of gowns she’s allowed to wear? They all look like their from the same year.

  8. Eva March 17, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

    Thank you for the informative post! This event is a great fit for Kate in her current green phase. I love the new coat, perfectly tailored as always. 2012 and 2017 are also favorites.

  9. TeaAtTwo March 17, 2019 at 7:32 pm #

    A good look. I love some orange accessories but that might be controversial.

    • Catherine Kallon March 18, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

      I would agree, and sadly it might be

  10. JHH March 17, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

    This is her best St Patrick’s Day look. I think she looks terrific. Like brat said crisp and immaculate. One thing that I really enjoy about pictures so the Duchess is that she usually looks happy to be wherever she is.

    • brat March 17, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

      That customary razor sharp tailoring!

      • Mrs. A March 18, 2019 at 2:49 am #

        Wish she had picked some other shoes. Wasn’t a fan of her shoes this year. Everything looked crisp from head to ankles but those shoes took away from the look IMHO

    • AnnieOh March 18, 2019 at 12:50 am #

      +1

    • Mrs A March 18, 2019 at 2:48 am #

      Agreed!

    • Lashae March 19, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      ita

  11. Dee March 17, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

    i think she has finally decided to ditch her self-imposed austerity. she looks good

  12. brat March 17, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    It’s not you, I love 2019 and prefer it above all others. Crisp and immaculate, like her.

    I must confess, I do adore 2012 as well. That look is iconic to me.

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