I hope baby is a boy, Kate reveals

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Mons Barracks, Aldershot

The Duchess of Cambridge gets her heel stuck in a drain as the Duke and Duchess visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Mons Barracks, Aldershot

The Duchess of Cambridge pins a shamrock to the mascot during a visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Mons Barracks, Aldershot

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards to attend the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot

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The Duchess of Cambridge has 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.

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."

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.

Before going inside, the Duke and Duchess had put on a brave face as they posed for formal photographs with officers and sergeants in the torrential rain.

The wet weather had earlier held off as the royal couple watched the parade take place under the cover of a podium.

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