Kate Middleton wears green as she and Prince William attend St Patrick's Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks

KATE Middleton today glowed in green as she arrived at a St Patrick's Day parade.

The Duchess of Cambridge joined husband Prince William at the parade of the Irish Guards this morning at the Cavalry Barracks.

The 37-year-old duchess donned an emerald green coat for the event, pairing it with a matching hat and Gianvito Rossi pumps.

And the mum-of-three appeared delighted as she patted Domhnallan, the Irish wolfhound and mascot she and Prince William, 36, have met several times previously.

Domhnall, which is Gaelic for "world leader", will lead 350 soldiers as they march on the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks on Sunday morning.

And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge beamed during the ceremony as Kate presented the shamrock to officers and warrant officers.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Kate are then expected pay a visit to 1st Battalion at their base in Hounslow, west London.

Since 1901, when the regiment was first founded by order of Queen Victoria, the regiment's parade has traditionally been presided over by a woman.

The pair will then be toasted by the longest-serving Guardsman at the Guardsman's Lunch, and the duchess thanked for presenting the shamrock.

At past parades the Duke has sipped on a pint of Guinness in a nod to the tradition of the day.

Last year Kate, who was heavily pregnant with the couple's third child, opted for a sparkling water instead.

Three years of ceremonial duties for the Irish Guards came to an end in January.

The main focus of the past 12 months was on exercise Askari Storm, a battlegroup exercise in Kenya.

It currently has troops deployed in Uganda, Jordan and Kenya, and training will ramp up in September ahead of missions to South Sudan and Iraq.

Alongside its role serving in British conflicts overseas, the Irish Guards also serve in ceremonial and public duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James's Palace and the Tower of London.

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