Kate Middleton Visited the Irish Guards in Salisbury

Kate Middleton is combat-ready. 

The Princess of Wales spent time in Wiltshire, England, on March 8 to visit the Irish Guards stationed at Salisbury Plain. She swapped her royal garb for camouflage and combat boots as she braved the snowy terrain, in keeping with her role as an honorary colonel of the Irish Guards, which, as of December 2022, was passed on to her after King Charles III appointed Prince William, former colonel of the Irish Guards, as the colonel of the Welsh Guards.

Middleton’s visit was documented by the press, who captured photos of her trekking through the snow. She posted some of the images to Instagram with the caption “The work of the Irish Guards is as wide-ranging as it is exemplary, from training park rangers on counter-poaching in East Africa to de-mining training for Ukrainian Armed Forces.” 

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The princess participated in medical training exercises during her visit. She practiced a battlefield casualty drill and learned how to care for injured soldiers. Historically, the royals have visited the Irish Guards to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, for which Kate Middleton usually dresses in shades of green to mark the occasion. This year she will be attending the festivities with a new title (but she’ll probably still wear green). 

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