Kate Middleton And Her Royal Baby Bump Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The Duchess of Cambridge spread some Irish cheer, chatted about baby stuff, and got stuck in a grate.

1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Irish Guards barracks in Aldershot, England, on St. Patrick’s Day for the annual shamrock distribution ceremony.

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2. Kate wore the same Emilia Wickstead coat that she wore to the ceremony last St. Patrick’s Day, although the garment had been altered to fit her growing baby bump.

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3. The duchess is approximately five-and-a-half months pregnant. The palace has announced that the royal baby is due in July.

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4. Before distributing the shamrocks to the guardsmen, Kate presented a sprig to her husband Prince William, who is an honorary colonel of the guards.

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6. Every year, fresh shamrocks are given to the guards by a senior female member of the royal family as part of a century-old tradition begun by Queen Alexandra, the wife of the then King, Edward VII back in 1901.

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7. The regiment’s mascot, an Irish wolfhound named Domhnall, received a sprig of shamrocks along with his human brothers-in-arms.

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13. Kate apparently chatted with guardsmen about the royal baby:

So according to one guardsman today Kate told him she wants a boy and William wants a girl

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Kate also said she has no definite names for the baby yet

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And she told one soldier she is prepared for sleepless nights

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Was surprised about Kate's boy/girl comments but I checked with the soldier several times as did reporter with me

— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror)

17. The Duchess suffered one small misstep during the ceremony: She accidentally caught the heel of her shoe in a grate as she finished distributing the shamrocks.

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19. Prince William held Kate’s arm as she laughed and wrenched her shoe loose.

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20. After the duchess freed her shoe, the royal couple posed for a photo with the Irish Guards.

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21. The ceremony ended with the annual St. Patrick’s Day military parade.

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23. What a difference a year makes!

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Left: March 17, 2012. Right: March 17, 2013.

24. BONUS: Royal Baby Bump GIF!

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