Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess Catherine

The luck of the Irish! The royals go green for Saint Patrick’s Day

Get your shamrock ready.

By Amber Elias

The royals never miss a chance to celebrate the United Kingdom, and they play a key role in the Saint Patrick’s Day traditions in Great Britain.

The Queen Mother was previously responsible for presenting a bowl of Irish shamrocks to the members of the Irish Guards, a regiment in the British Army, for the soldiers to wear.

This traditional role has been the responsibility of a female member of the royal family since its inception in 1901, but controversially in 2016 Duchess Catherine was absent from the proceedings. The Duchess honoured the role for the previous four years after taking on the responsibly from Princess Anne in 2012.

Breaking with royal custom Prince William took on the role, and in a statement from Kensington Palace “the Duke is the Colonel of the Regiment and is looking forward to presenting the Irish Guards with their Shamrock.” But Duchess Catherine might be back in 2017 for this important position.

Saint Patrick’s Day is an annual holiday that falls on March 17. Traditionally, it is a Christian feast day, but in modern times it has become a celebration of all things Irish, that is celebrated worldwide.

For us, it's a good excuse to round up our favourite regal green ensembles!