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The quality set an example

March 17, 2012

On St. Patrick's Day the royal gift of shamrocks is delivered by the Dutchess of Cambridge to the Irish Guards. The guards wear their Sovereign's color. The dutchess wears Patrick's color. All wear emblems of Patrick's illustration of the nature of the Trinity.

The quality set an example. Insufficient recognition, of course, for the spiritual and cultural father of the Christian West. And for his Irish disciples, who, in the Dark Ages, preserved and re-established civilization.

She travelled to their barracks to meet officers and soldiers of the 1st   Battalion of the [Irish Guards], of which her husband is honorary colonel.

The Duchess, who was greeted by the former Commanding Officer, Major General   William Cubbitt, appeared not to notice the commotion as she took her place   on the dais and began the St Patrick’s Day parade, presenting the   traditional sprigs of shamrock to the Irish Guards.

The royal tradition dates back to 1901 when Queen Alexandra asked for   shamrocks to be presented to the newly-formed regiment.

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