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Saturday 27 December 2014

Duchess Kate Middleton gets stuck in a drain in St Patrick's Day fashion calamity - the perils of high heels

The Duchess of Cambridge had to be helped by Prince William when her heel got stuck in the grating while they took part in a St Patrick's Day parade as they visit Aldershot Barracks today.

The Duchess of Cambridge had to be helped by Prince William when her heel got stuck in the grating while they take part in a St Patrick's Day parade as they visit Aldershot Barracks.
The Duchess of Cambridge had to be helped by Prince William when her heel got stuck in the grating while they take part in a St Patrick's Day parade as they visit Aldershot Barracks.
The Duchess of Cambridge gets her heel stuck in a drain
ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a St Patrick's Day parade by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards as they visit Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2013 in Aldershot, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a St Patrick's Day parade by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards as they visit Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2013 in Aldershot, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is helped by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as she gets her heel stuck in the grating while they take part in a St Patrick's Day parade as they visit Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2013 in Aldershot, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
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HMS Belfast - lit green for St. Patrick's Day 2013
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During the visit she told a soldier that she would like her baby to be a boy when she attended a St Patrick's Day parade at a military barracks today.

But Kate, who is five months pregnant, said that the Duke, who attended the event with her, would prefer to have a girl.

Ahead of watching the parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, the Duchess suffered an embarrassing mishap when the heel of one of her shoes became stuck in a drain.

Kate, who showed patriotic spirit in the same green Emilia Wickstead dress coat she wore to the event last year, had to lean on William while she pulled it out with her hand.

Afterwards, the royal couple chatted to soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in the Guardsmens' cookhouse.

Guardsman Lee Wheeler, 29, said: "I was talking to her about the baby, of course.

"I asked her 'do you know if it's a girl or boy', and she said 'not yet'.

"She said 'I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl'. That's always the way.

"I asked her if she had any names yet and she said no.

"I said I suppose you've got to stick to traditional names."

Guardsman Jason Perry, 33, also spoke to Kate about her pregnancy.

He said: "I wished her congratulations and said I hoped everything is fine. She said 'yes it is'

"I asked her if she was excited to be having her first child. She said 'very'."

The soldier said it was "absolutely brilliant" to meet the couple and they had both asked him about his 13-and-a-half year career in the Army, which has seen him serve two tours of Iraq and one in Northern Ireland.

William, who wore the ceremonial dress of the Irish Guards, sipped on a glass of sherry inside the dining hall while the pregnant Duchess went without a drink.

The pair were loudly cheered by the soldiers as they entered the hall, which gave them welcome shelter from the heavy rain outside.

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