On the 17 of March 2016, William presented shamrocks to the Irish Guards, breaking a 115 year old tradition of royal women presenting shamrocks. Kate stayed at home with George and Charlotte. William Colonel of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, handed out over 600 shamrocks to the guards( Although he only had to hand out baskets of shamrocks, to warrant officers) . The Irish Guards were set up by Queen Victoria. Before the parade, William attended a private Ceremony for Major Harry Shapland, who was killed in Iraq in 1994. William presented Major Shapland’s mother with the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll.