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Kate Middleton Offers a Health Update Ahead of Her Appearance at Trooping the Colour: ‘Not out of the Woods’

A wave of well wishes continues to flow towards Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, as she continues her ongoing cancer treatment. Since revealing her diagnosis in March 2024, Kate has undergone preventative chemotherapy and prioritized her health away from the public eye. On May 30, a Kensington Palace spokesperson confirmed to NBC News that she would miss the Colonel’s Review on June 8, ahead of the popular Trooping the Colour. While details surrounding her condition remain private, here’s a closer look at Kate Middleton’s health journey and cancer treatment.

Kate Middleton is set to attend Trooping the Colour amid her cancer battle

Though she missed the Colonel’s Review due to her condition, the Princess of Wales confirmed on June 14 that she is set to attend Trooping the Colour, the annual celebration of the monarch’s birthday. She also offered an update about her condition, telling the public that she is making strides towards health, but still has a ways to go.

“I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days,” Kate wrote in a letter shared by Kensington Palace. “On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well,” she continued, noting that her treatment will continue “for a few more months” as she is not “out of the woods yet.”

“On the days I feel well enough, it is a joy to engage with school life, spend personal time on the things that give me energy and positivity, as well as starting to do a little work from home,” she additionally shared, before turning her attention to her first official appearance since December 2023.

“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,” she said. “I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty. Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much needed time to heal.”

What is the Colonel’s Review and why did Kate Middleton miss it?

The Colonel’s Review is a significant and historic ceremony that takes place before the main Trooping the Colour, or the King’s Birthday, parade. It’s a chance for the British Sovereign to inspect and take the salute of their personal troops. This inspection is a symbolic representation of the monarch’s role as the head of the British Armed Forces.

Holding the honorary title of Colonel in Chief of the Irish Guards, the Princess of Wales would have usually participated as inspecting officer. “This year General James Bucknall K.C.B., C.V.O will carry out the role of Inspecting Officer on behalf of HRH The Princess of Wales at Colonel’s Review as she continues her recovery,” the palace said.

Kate Middleton announced her cancer diagnosis in March 2024

In a video message on March 22, 2024, Kate announced undergoing “early stages” of preventive chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer. While the specific type of cancer remains unknown, Kate did disclose that the diagnosis came as a surprise following major abdominal surgery in January. “The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present,” she said in the video. This news marked Kate’s first public address since the surgery. Watch her announcement below:

Kate Middleton had  abdominal surgery before her cancer diagnosis 

On January 16, 2024, Kate underwent a planned abdominal surgery. A statement released by Kensington Palace the following day confirmed the surgery’s success. It anticipated a 10 to 14-day hospital stay followed by a two to three-month recovery at home. The statement further indicated that Kate wouldn’t resume public duties until after Easter and that only “significant” updates would be provided, respecting the princess’s privacy.

For weeks following the surgery, before her cancer diagnosis became public, speculation and rumors swirled about Kate’s well-being. The secrecy surrounding the nature of the surgery fueled online conspiracies.

Will Kate Middleton be returning to royal duties?

Kate Middleton at the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 30, 2023

The good news is that reports indicate Kate’s prognosis is positive. The last official update from the palace as of publication was given on May 22. It noted that the Princess of Wales will not return to public duties yet, but is responding to treatment.. “She will return to work when she has the green light from her doctors,” a senior palace aid told NBC News. “She needs her space and the privacy to recover right now.” However, Kate has been seen out and about with her family, a positive sign for her recovery. On May 27, she released a rare statement amid her absence following a tragic accident involving an iconic World War II aircraft. According to Newsweek, Squadron Leader Mark Long was killed in a crash while flying a Spitfire fighter plane on Sunday. Kate, along with Prince William, jointly tweeted on X (formerly Twitter) their condolences.

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