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Princess Kate's first official engagement after surgery announced

The Princess of Wales will be resuming royal duties after Easter


Kate Middleton
Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
Updated: 5 March 2024
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The Princess of Wales' first official engagement since her operation has been announced. Princess Kate is set to review Trooping the Colour on 8 June, one week ahead of the main event. 

According to the official Household Division website, it states: "Trooping the Colour reviewed by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is identical to Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Majesty The King, with the exception that some additional mounted officers ride when His Majesty The King is present. 

Kate Middleton waving from the horse-drawn carriage© Karwai Tang
Princess Kate is expected to review Trooping the Colour on 8 June

"Taking part will be over 1400 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, including 400 musicians from the Massed Bands, all of whom will parade on Horse Guards for the second of two formal Reviews." 

Princess Kate's review will include 250 soldiers from the Foot Guards who will line the processional route along The Mall. The soldiers will be inspected by the Princess in her role as the Colonel Irish Guards.

Trooping the Colour is a huge occasion on the royal calendar each year - with the King and his family out in force on the Buckingham Palace balcony. 

Buckingham Palace are yet to confirm whether King Charles will make an appearance, although the website states "Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Majesty The King" will take place on 15 June. The public celebration marks the monarch's official birthday. 

This is the first official engagement of the year since Kate's abdominal surgery in January. Her last public appearance was in December on Christmas Day. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales (L) with Prince George of Wales (R) and Princess Charlotte of Wales (C) attend the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk.© Mark Cuthbert
Princess Kate was last seen in public on Christmas Day

On Monday evening, the Princess was pictured for the first time since her hospitalisation forced her to step away from the public eye. 

Last week, Kensington Palace brushed off speculation surrounding her health following wild conspiracy theories on social media. 

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A spokesperson for Kate said: "We were very clear from the outset that the Princess of Wales was out until after Easter and Kensington Palace would only be providing updates when something was significant."

Timeline of Princess Kate's surgery and health updates

Close-up of Kate Middleton wearing a blazer© Getty
Kate went in for abdominal surgery on 17 January

25 December 2023 – Kate is last seen publicly on Christmas Day

9 January 2024 – Kate celebrates her 42nd birthday, with the King and Queen sharing a behind-the-scenes photo from the coronation to mark the day.

11 January 2024 – William returns to royal duties, meeting rugby heroes Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

17 January 2024 – Kensington Palace announces in a statement that Kate has undergone abdominal surgery at the London Clinic and that William has temporarily stepped back from royal duties to care for Kate and their children.

18 January 2024 – William visits Kate at the London Clinic.

26 January 2024 – King Charles visits Kate in hospital before undergoing treatment for an enlarged prostate.

29 January 2024 – Kate is discharged from hospital and returns home to Windsor to continue her recovery. King Charles also leaves the London Clinic on the same day after his treatment.

7 February 2024 – William resumes royal duties attending London's Air Ambulance Charity gala with Tom Cruise.

10 February 2024 – William and Kate spend February half-term with George, Charlotte and Louis at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. Kate's siblings are also pictured on holiday during the school holidays, with James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet flying to the Caribbean with baby Inigo, and Pippa Matthews and her family holidaying on the island of St Barts.

27 February 2024 – Kate said to be "doing well" as William pulls out of King Constantine memorial due to a "personal matter".

29 February 2024 – Kensington Palace addresses social media speculation, reiterating: "We were very clear from the outset that the Princess of Wales was out until after Easter."

10 March 2024 - A photograph of Kate with their three children at home in Windsor is released to mark Mother's Day and to thank the public for their "continued support".

11 March 2024 - Kate publicly apologises for the "confusion" around the photograph as she admitted  she "occasionally experiments with editing," after news agencies pulled the image amid claims it had been digitally altered. The Princess is then seen in a car with William as she's driven to a private appointment in London. 

19 March 2024 - Footage of William and Kate leaving the Windsor Farm Shop is shared by The Sun and TMZ in the first video sighting of the Princess since surgery.

22 March 2024 - Princess Kate confirms that she has been diagnosed with cancer. Kate, 42, is currently in the early stages of preventative chemotherapy, having started treatment in late February. Kensington Palace has not confirmed the type of cancer.

It comes as Buckingham Palace confirmed that Queen Camilla and Prince William will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday 11 March. 

The pair will be accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

A pre-recorded video message from Head of the Commonwealth, King Charles, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, will be played during the service this year, Buckingham Palace said.  

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