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Kate and William joined in worldwide festivities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Like everything else right now their plans had to be changed around Coivd-19 restrictions. Typically on St. Patrick’s Day we would see Kate and William get into the spirit of things by attending as guests of honor at the 1st Battalion Irish Guards St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, England. William has been colonel of the regiment since 2011.
Kate and William wrote to the Irish Guards Regiment to apologies for not being able to attend this year.
In their letter Kate and William took time to express their pride of the soldiers in the battalion, both in regards to their regular army work and their deployments in various countries around the world, and for their extra-curricular duties in the UK. The Irish Guards helped co-ordinate mobile testing units in local communities, and also helped set up emergency response parking for truckers just as the UK were Brexiting from the EU.
Through the power of zoom, Kate and William were able to join political leaders from around the world in a short Happy St. Patrick’s Day video, made to wish the people of Ireland Happy St. Paddy's Day.
In the video, William spoke of his and Kate's thrill in having visited Ireland in 2020, just a few weeks before everyone’s lives were turned upside down by the pandemic.
Kate spoke of the warm welcome that they received everywhere as being a testament to the warmth and the strength of the relationship between the UK and Ireland.
William acknowledged that this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will likely not be normal, but he expressed his hope that everyone would find a way to celebrate safely.
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