Kate Middleton was wowed by a youngster performing a somersault as she attended the St David’s Day Parade alongside her husband William.
The Princess of Wales, 41, was beaming as she arrived in Combermere Barracks in Windsor to attend the St David’s Day Parade today.
The royal mother-of-three donned an eye-catching scarlet coat for the occasion, sweeping her hair into an up-do and donning a smart black fascinator.
During the parade, Kate met with a number of children, including one young boy who performed a backflip for her.
A beaming Princess went on to applaud for the youngster, before placing a supportive hand on his back as she led him back to his seat.
Kate Middleton was wowed by a youngster performing a somersault as she attended the St David’s Day Parade alongside her husband William
The Princess was radiant in a dazzling red coat as she joined William this morning – in the Prince’s first visit since he was made Colonel of the Regiment
On today’s occasion, Kate wore glamorous make-up with a pink lipstick and a dark smoky eye.
She also donned a replica of her late grandmother-in-law the Queen’s leek brooch for the occasion.
The original Welsh Guards Leek Brooch which was designed for Queen Elizabeth II in 1960 using the drawings of the Welsh Guardsmen.
It was presented to the late monarch as a regimental gift, and was funded by the guardsmen themselves who each paid 12 and a half pence.
In the decades that followed the Queen made sure to wear the brooch at most events involving the Welsh Guards.
During the parade, The Prince presented leeks to the Officers and Guardsmen who turned to issue it along the ranks, a traditional part of the St David’s Day Parade.
Today’s visit is particularly significant for Prince William, who became colonel of the Welsh Guard in December last year.
Speaking about his new role, William said: ‘I’m sorry that my father couldn’t be here with us here today to say farewell, but I know he would talk of his fierce pride and admiration for you all, and of his own sadness to be moving on from an appointment he held so dear since 1975.’
The parade concluded with a march-past where Prince William took the Royal Salute.
Prince William and Kate sat for an official photograph with the Prince of Wales’s company at a St David’s Day parade with members of the 1st Battalion
She also donned a replica of her late grandmother-in-law the Queen’s leek brooch for the occasion
After one young boy performed a somersault, Kate placed a supportive hand onto his back as she walked him back to his seat
The royal mother-of-three, who is known for her kind nature with children, placed a supportive hand on his back as he returned to his seat
The Princess offered a round of applause to the young boy after he performed the trick in front of the crowds
The Princess couldn’t contain her enthusiasm as the youngster performed the backflip for her in Windsor today
Meanwhile the Princess also appeared amused as one young boy performed a somersault for her at the event this morning
As Kate chatted to the youngsters during the parade, one little boy was quick to jump up to remove his hoodie and perform a trick for the Princess
The youngster was keen to whip off his hoodie and impress by the Princess with his trick, and could be seen tugging at his sleeve during the outing today
The Princess shook hands with one little girl ahead of the parade in Windsor earlier this morning
Kate bent down to chat with the young girl today as she presented her with a bouquet of flowers during the parade
The royal mother-of-three appeared particularly taken with one young girl at the parade earlier today
During the parade, Kate showed off her motherly side as she chatted with one young girl attending the event
The royal was presented with a leek and a bouquet of flowers ahead of the parade earlier this morning
The Princess handed out the traditional leeks during the Leek giving ceremony at Combermere Barracks for the St David’s Day Parade
Meanwhile it was a particularly significant occasion for Prince William, who was named Colonel of the Welsh Guards last year
Following the parade, Kate and William also sat for an official photo with The Prince of Wales’s company.
The Prince and Princess then met with families from the Regiment as well as a group of troops from the 5th Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) who are currently in the UK helping to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Established in 1915 by King George V, the Welsh Guards are a Light Role Infantry battalion based in Pirbright, Surrey.
The guards have taken part in almost every British Army campaign since the First World War.
Buckingham Palace announced William’s new role, which was previously held by King Charles, in December.
He had been Colonel of the Welsh Guards since 1975.
William’s new role was announced ahead of this year’s Trooping the Colour, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 250 years.
The King’s Birthday Parade – Charles’s first – will take place on the slightly later date of June 17. The King’s actual birthday is November 14.
It will see the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade, with the monarch attending and taking the salute. There are seven regiments of the senior military unit, which is responsible for delivering state ceremonial and public duties.
The reigning monarch normally holds the appointment of colonel-in-chief of the regiments, but each one also has a colonel who is normally either a member of the Royal Family or a senior officer.
The royal mother-of-three appeared to be in high spirits during the event today as she met with members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks for the St David’s Day Parade
The Princess opted for an eye catching scarlet coat for the outing today, which she paired with black accessories
The Princess appeared in high spirits during the event today, where she beamed and laughed as she chatted with members of the public
The royal mother-of-three appeared animated as she spoke to crowds who had gathered to watch the parade
The Princess was beaming with joy as she took a seat to watch the parade of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks earlier today
One of the members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards pinned the traditional leek to the Princess at the parade
Kate and William’s appearance comes amid a busy week for the couple, who yesterday visited South Wales for a whirlwind day of engagements.
The couple began their busy day of engagements by visiting Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre, near the town of Pontyclun, where a therapy garden is currently being developed.
The royals then took part in a spin class during a visit to Aberavon Leisure and Fitness Centre in Port Talbot to hear about how sport and exercise can support mental health and well-being.
After the 45-second race – in which the mother-of-three even asked if she could turn the bike’s resistance up and ‘make it harder’ – a shocked princess was declared the winner of the ‘Tour de Aberavon’ and handed a small trophy.
Dazzling Kate paired the striking coat with black accessories, including leather gloves and a small handbag
The royal was animated as she watched the parade during the visit to Battalion Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks in Windsor
The royal mother-of-three donned an eyecatching black fascinator for the occasion, which featured black arrow detailing
The Princess also wore an unusual pair of black leather gloves with cut-out detailing for the occasion
On today’s occasion, Kate wore glamorous make-up with a pink lipstick and a dark smoky eye (pictured)
Kate and William’s appearance comes amid a busy week for the couple, who yesterday visited South Wales for a whirlwind day of engagements
The Princess opted for an eyecatching red coat for the St David’s Day parade earlier this morning in Windsor
Kate appeared in high spirits as she arrived in a smart white polo neck and a cream coat, with a patterned houndstooth £20 Zara skirt and four-inch Gianvito Rossi boots.
The final engagement of the day saw the couple visit the headquarters of the Wales Air Ambulance.
It was also announced that William would be royal patron of the Wales Air Ambulance charity, Kensington Palace said.
William was an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and a helicopter pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force based at RAF Valley on Anglesey.
The Princess appeared particularly excited ahead of the parade today as she prepared to watch her husband take part
During the parade, The Prince will present leeks to the Officers and Guardsmen who will in turn issue it along the ranks, a traditional part of the St David’s Day Parade
The Princess was in good spirits as she attended the parade in Windsor earlier this morning
The Princess appeared to exchange a few words with a fellow attendee as she arrived at the Combermere Barracks
Prince William’s speech during St David’s Day parade for the Welsh Guards
Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Guardsmen of the Welsh Guards.
I am both honoured and delighted to be standing here in front of you today as your new Colonel. At the same time, I’m sorry that my father couldn’t be here with us here today to say farewell, but I know he would talk of his fierce pride and admiration for you all, and of his own sadness to be moving on from an appointment he held so dear since 1975.
The Welsh Guards have always been a formidable group of soldiers; raised for war in 1915, then leading the way on operations ever since. Key players in World War Two, The Falklands, Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan to name but a few – your Battle Honours underpin your fighting spirit of today.
The Jam Boys and Little Iron Men of the First World War laid the foundations of this Battalion, and while they may not have been my easiest or driest days in the Army, my memories with The Welsh Guards Sniper Platoon Salisbury Plain are some of my best.
Another key milestone in my life was also shared with the Welsh Guards, this time in the Jungles of Belize as I received my A-Level results over the Bowman Radio… Many of you will know the feeling of being in the jungle; you’re incredibly hot, continuously soaking wet and with nowhere to hide from potentially horrendous results, it could have been a really bad day! Ultimately though, it was the camaraderie, the togetherness, and of course the banter of the Welsh Guards that got me through that period, and it’s a time I look back on fondly.
I believe it’s only with these bonds and this ‘togetherness’, that you can create a strong body of professional soldiers, but of course, it’s not just each other that we rely upon. The support of our families, our friends and our loved ones, is vital, and I’m so pleased to see many of them here today. None of us could do what we do without their support, and I look forward to meeting you and your families over the coming years and getting to know you all.
Thank you; Cymru Am Byth.