For the last two years, Kate Middleton has celebrated St. Patrick's Day at the Aldershot Barracks in the same green Emilia Wickstead coat. And if you didn't look closely this morning you might have thought she had donned the style for the third year in a row. But actually, the Duchess of Cambridge debuted a new—and we think even better!—green coat on Monday. This time her outerwear was a Hobbs Persephone style, which she topped with a leather belt instead of the cloth one that comes with the jacket.
Prince William's wife paired the $324 coat (on sale from $464) with a cheerful bow-adorned hat by Gina Foster and a gold Cartier Shamrock brooch, which was slightly hidden behind an actually sprig of shamrock. According to the Daily Mail, the brooch has a bit of royal history, going all the way back to 1901 when Queen Alexandra first wore the piece for the first ceremony.
Kate and William continued the tradition today and pinned more than 300 shamrocks onto Irish guards during the annual holiday parade. Afterward, the royal couple attend a private luncheon and even indulge in a glass of Irish sherry.
Not a bad way to spend their first official post-vacation gig!