Princess of Wales to attend King’s birthday

Princess of Wales to attend King’s birthday
This undated handout photo provided by Kensington Palace shows Kate, Princess of Wales, earlier this week in Windsor, England. The Princess of Wales says she is “making good progress” in her cancer treatment and will attend the royal Trooping the Color ceremony on Saturday June 15, 2024, Kate’s first public appearance since her diagnosis. AP

LONDON — The Princess of Wales said Friday, June 14, 2024, she is “making good progress” in her cancer treatment and will attend King Charles III ‘s ceremonial birthday parade on Saturday, June 15, Kate’s first public appearance since her diagnosis.

The 42-year-old wife of Prince William has not made any public appearances this year. She announced in March that she was undergoing chemotherapy for an unspecified form of cancer.

“I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days,” Kate said in a statement released Friday, adding that she faces “a few more months” of treatment.

“I’m looking forward to attending The King’s Birthday Parade this weekend with my family and hope to join a few public engagements over the summer, but equally knowing I am not out of the woods yet,” Kate said.

The announcement is a significant milestone, but does not mark a return to full-time public duties for Kate. The palace issued a new photo of Kate, taken in Windsor earlier this week, showing her next to a tree, dressed casually in jeans and a blazer.

The palace said the king was “delighted” that Kate will attend Trooping the Color, also known as the King’s Birthday Parade. It is an annual military parade that marks the monarch’s official birthday in June. Charles, who also is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer, is due to oversee the ceremony, in which troops in full dress uniform parade past the king with their ceremonial flag, or “color.”

Kate is expected to travel in a horse-drawn carriage from Buckingham Palace with the couple’s children — Prince George, 10; Princess Charlotte, nine; and Prince Louis, who is six — before watching the ceremony from a building beside the parade ground. She may also join other royals for a traditional Buckingham Palace balcony appearance.

Kate’s announcement in March came after speculation proliferated on social media about her wellbeing and absence from public view. She has revealed few details about her illness, which was discovered after what she described as major abdominal surgery in January.

In a March video message, Kate said the diagnosis had come as “a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family.”

On Friday, Kate thanked members of the public, saying she had been “blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement.” / AP

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