Shamrock Rover: Army dog receives St Patrick's Day honour from Duchess of Cambridge

Monday, 18th March 2013

According to royal tradition, the Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance yesterday (March 17th) at Aldershot Barracks to present officers and guardsmen with sprigs of shamrocks in honour of St Patrick's Day, and also got the chance to meet the regiment's new mascot, an Irish wolfhound named Domhnall.

At seven months old, Domhnall was carrying out his first public engagement since joining the First Battalion Irish Guards, and sported a scarlet cape to match the uniform of the soldiers as he met the Duchess to receive his shamrock.

Led by his handler, drummer David Steed, Domhnall was the last member of the regiment to be presented to the royal, who herself is known to be very fond of dogs and is the owner of a black cocker spaniel named Lupo.

Female members of the royal family have been presenting sprigs of shamrocks to military personnel for over 100 years, with Queen Alexandra having first started the tradition back in 1901, the Telegraph reports.