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.

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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.

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.

Left: STEVE PARSONS/PA Photos/Landov. Right: BEN PRUCHNIE/Getty.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

And she told one soldier she is prepared for sleepless nights

And she told one soldier she is prepared for sleepless nights-- Victoria Murphy

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

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

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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