Princess of Wales puts £2k behind the bar for party in sweet gesture

Princess of Wales puts £2k behind the bar for party in sweet gesture

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 21/03/2024

- 21:55

Updated: 21/03/2024

- 21:56

Princess Kate could not attend the annual St Patrick’s Day parade last week

The Princess of Wales put £2,000 behind the bar for a party in a sweet gesture after missing an event.

Kate was absent from the annual St Patrick’s Day parade this year as she recovers from an abdominal operation at home.

But the princess still managed to show her appreciation for the Irish Guards by reportedly leaving money behind the bar for them.

Kate is currently not undertaking any royal duties and is not expected to return to public engagements until after Easter.

Princess Kate

Princess Kate could not attend this year's St. Patrick's Day parade


According to the Daily Mail, Kate "put £2,000 behind the regimental bar at Aldershot for a party after the traditional parade."

This year, the princess was replaced by Lady Ghika, the wife of Major General Sir Christopher Ghika, for the annual parade.

Despite not being able to attend, the Irish Guards showed their appreciation for the princess with a round of cheers.

In a video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, by The British Army in London, one of the guards shouted, “Three cheers for the Colonel of the Regiment,” at the end of the parade.

Princess Kate

Princess Kate presents a traditional sprig of shamrock during a St Patrick's Day Parade in 2023


The post read: “In keeping with tradition wherever they are in the world the @irish_guards give a rousing three cheers for the Colonel of the Regiment HRH the Princess of Wales at their St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot.”

Last year, the princess celebrated the day by taking over the role of honorary Lieutenant Colonel from Prince William.

At the event alongside her husband, she said: “I really couldn't be prouder to stand in front of you here today. It really is a true honour to be your Colonel.

“I am here to listen to you, to support you, and to champion you in all you do – this is a responsibility I do not take lightly.”

Princess Kate

Kate is Colonel of the Irish Guards

On St. Patrick’s Day this year, the Prince and the Princess of Wales honoured the guards by posting a video of The Irish Guards talking about what the day means to them.

It was followed by a caption saying: “Happy St Patrick’s Day! Here’s a sneak peek of the @irishguards rehearsing for their annual parade.

“Sláinte to all those celebrating today!”

The Princess of Wales has not been seen undertaking any public engagements since Christmas Day 2023, but this looks set to change in the coming weeks.


It was reported that the princess has been working from home on her early years project to improve the lives of babies.

Kensington Palace confirmed that the royal has been kept up to date with her campaign while she has been recovering at home.

A spokesperson for the palace said: “The Princess has been kept updated throughout the process.”

According to The Times, royal aides believe that the princess could join the Royal Family at the annual Easter Mattins service at St George’s Chapel on Easter Sunday.

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