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Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in St Patrick’s Day celebrations across the country.
Crowds decked in green, waving shamrocks and the Irish tricolour packed London’s Trafalgar Square.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day Parade in Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow.
In Digbeth, central Birmingham, a hail storm and rain failed to dampen the celebrations.
The Mayor of London’s office organises the festival in the capital to bring the “best of Irish culture and a packed programme of great entertainment to Trafalgar Square”.
Marching bands and dancers made their way from Piccadilly.
An official St Patrick’s Day event has been held in London since 2002.
The Birmingham parade has been running from Digbeth since 1996.
There are 220,488 Irish people living in London and 22,021 in Birmingham, according to the last census.
In Birmingham, organisers said the event was the third largest of its kind in the world.
A full day of music, dance and activities was planned at various venues.
“Throughout the years we have been subjected to all weathers, getting sunburn one year and coming close to frostbite the next,” said Gerry Jones from Off Our Trolly Arts, which organises Birmingham’s event.
“I hope in some way we have made a difference to add colour and spectacle, to create wonderful memories for both the children taking part, and the tens of thousands of people who attend the event.”