PRINCE WILLIAM once made a flirty quip to Kate Middleton in a throwback video for St Patrick’s Day. William, 39, and Kate, 40, are attending the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Thursday for the first time in two years. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were forced to miss last year’s celebration of Ireland’s foremost patron saint after it was called off because of the pandemic.
The year before, the couple were also unable to enjoy the parade after it was scrapped due to most of the regiment being deployed overseas. A statement from Kensington Palace read: “The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge, will visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St Patrick’s Day Parade, Mons Barracks in Aldershot on Thursday March 17. “This will be the first time the Duke and Duchess have attended the parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The couple will hand out shamrock sprigs to officers and guardsmen of the regiment, who will distribute them among the soldiers. Kate will give the regiment’s Irish Wolf Hound mascot its own sprig, while William will salute as the parade marches past.For St Patrick’s Day last year, the Cambridges released a virtual message in which William made a flirty quip towards Kate.
The short video began with the Duke offering his St Patrick’s Day wishes in Irish Gaelic.
He said: “Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh”, which means “Happy St Patrick’s Day”. Kate then joined in saying: “We are delighted to wish you all a very happy St Patrick’s Day.” William then turned to Kate and said: “How come you got the easy bit?” The Duchess smiled at her husband before the Duke continued with his message.He added: “We were so thrilled to be able to visit Ireland just over a year ago, a few short weeks before all of our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic.”
Kate said: “The warm welcome that we received everywhere was a testament to the friendship between our two countries and the strength of the relationship between the UK and Ireland.” The Duke added: “We know that for Irish people all around the world today won’t be the same as normal. “But we hope you can celebrate safely in any case.” The Cambridges ended the clip by both saying: “Happy St Patrick’s Day.”The St Patrick’s Day Parade comes in a busy week for the couple, who have several other royal engagements also pencilled in.
On Monday they will attend the annual Commonwealth Day service with other members of the Royal Family. Two days after the parade, the couple will also set off on their highly-anticipated tour of the Caribbean. It was confirmed last month that the Cambridges would undertake the trip as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.The festivities commemorate the 70-year reign of Her Majesty, Britain’s longest-serving monarch. William and Kate’s tour kicks off on March 19, with the couple set to visit Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas before it ends on March 26. They will view historic Mayan sites, visit Belize’s Garifuna community, and find out about its biodiversity.