Prince William and Kate Middleton attended a St Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot with the 1st  Battalion Irish Guards – but they weren’t the stars of this year’s show.

Gaia Moloney waited patiently as her dad placed the large hat on her head. Image: Getty Images

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Money’s young daughter, Gaia Moloney, attracted plenty of attention after he placed his bearskin hat over her head.

The Duke and Duchess couldn’t hold back their laughter as the 1.5-year-old stood patiently while her father balanced the large, fluffy black hat over her head.

Kate also accepted a posy from the young girl after kneeling down beside her and having a chat.

Other cute attendees the royal couple met included a baby in a red jumper, who Prince William cooed over, and an Irish wolfhound called Seamus, who is the regimental mascot.

The couple cooed over a baby dressed in red. Image: Getty Images

William and Kate were dressed to the nines for the event, with the prince donning his full uniform as Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Kate styling a belted green coat dress with military detailing with green suede pumps, a pillbox-esque hat and a gold shamrock pin.

The royals even met with an Irish wolfhound called Seamus. Image: Getty Images

Though the pandemic forced them to skip the event for the past two years, the couple quickly returned to following tradition at this year’s event.

Kate was seen handing out Shamrock sprigs to members of the regiment – a custom begun by Queen Alexandra in 1901 – before the couple sat with officers and sergeants for the official mess photo.

Kate knelt down to chat with the sweet toddler. Image: Getty Images

They later visited the junior ranks dining hall, where the senior guardsman in the battalion proposed a toast to the royals.

Image: Getty Images

This article first appeared on OverSixty.