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Kate goes green for St. Patrick's Day parade


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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge presents a shamrock to the regimental mascot, an Irish Wolfhound named Conmeal, during a visit to the British army's 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Aldershot army base in southern England on March 17, 2012.

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The Duchess of Cambridge was resplendent in green as she handed out shamrocks to members of the Irish Guards, a regiment of the British army, during a St. Patrick's Day visit. According to the BBC, she was taking part in a tradition that goes back to the first regimental St Patrick's Day in 1901.

Kate was introduced to the regimental mascot, an Irish Wolfhound named Conmeal, and capped off her first solo military engagement with a glass of sherry.

Two soldiers had to be escorted from the parade ground shortly before the arrival of the Duchess after they appeared to faint.

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A soldier is helped to his feet after fainting during the Duchess of Cambridge's visit.

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The Duchess of Cambridge holds a glass of Harvey's Bristol Creme in the Junior's Mess at Aldershot barracks.

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