London's annual St. Patrick's Day parade went off without a hitch this morning — but one usual attendant was noticeably missing from the festivities!
Kate Middleton skipped today's event for the first time in four years to instead stay home with her two adorable children, Prince George, 2, and Princess Charlotte, 10 months. Her husband, Prince William, 33, took the Duchess of Cambridge's place at the special fête.
Kate, William, George and Charlotte in December 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"The Duchess has very much enjoyed the occasions when she has been able to attend, but the Duke is the Colonel of the Regiment and is looking forward to presenting the Irish Guards with their Shamrock," a Kensington Palace spokeswoman told People of the 34-year-old mom-of-two's absence.
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"The Duchess looks forward to marking St. Patrick's Day with the Irish Guards many times in the future," the spokeswoman added.
William at the St. Patrick's Day parade in London on March 17, 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Some have criticized Kate's decision to skip this year's St. Patrick's Day parade as female members of the royal family have primarily handed out the traditional sprig of shamrocks to the Irish Guards the past 100 years. William was named Colonel of the regiment in 2011 and is the first royal to hold this honorary position.
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