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Monday 21 August 2017

Shamrock not so lucky for pregnant Kate

The Duchess of Cambridge presents a shamrock to the Irish Guards mascot Domhnall at their barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, as the regiment marks St Patrick's Day
The Duchess of Cambridge presents a shamrock to the Irish Guards mascot Domhnall at their barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, as the regiment marks St Patrick's Day
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, as the Irish Guards regiment marks St Patrick's Day
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, as the Irish Guards regiment marks St Patrick's Day
The Duke of Cambridge holds a pint of Guinness as the Duchess of Cambridge looks on during their visit to Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, as the Irish Guards regiment marks St Patrick's Day

The shamrock is a symbol of the lucky Irish – but Kate Middleton had a spot of bother when she struggled to pin the sprig to an British army mascot dog.

Pregnant Kate presented the bunches of clovers to soldiers from the Irish Guards to mark St Patrick’s Day.

But as she bent down to pin the sprig on the silver collar of the regiment’s beloved mascot, Irish wolfhound Domhnall, it kept falling off.

Quartermaster Major Paul Fagin had to step in to give the royal a hand at the ceremony in Mons Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire. Kate later joked about the mishap with three children who presented her with a posy of white flowers.

Prince William also attended the traditional parade as Colonel of the Regiment and enjoyed a pint of Guinness afterwards.

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