Kate and William meet the Irish Guards

Kate and William meet the Irish Guards

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ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a St Patrick's Day parade by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards as she visits Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2013 in Aldershot, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 3:44 PM

LONDON - The Duchess of Cambridge says she doesn't know the sex of her first child -- but she hopes it's a boy.

Her husband Prince William, however, would prefer a girl.

The former Kate Middleton, who is five months pregnant, made the revelation to a soldier Sunday at a St. Patrick's Day ceremony honoring the Irish Guards.

Guardsman Lee Wheeler said the duchess told him: "I'd like to have a boy and William would like a girl."

The duchess wore a green dress coat and a shamrock lapel pin as she presented sprigs of shamrock to soldiers in the annual ceremony at a barracks in Aldershot, southern England.

She suffered a minor mishap when one of her high heels became briefly stuck in a drainage grille.

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