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Princess Kate at Trooping the Colour© Getty

Princess Kate's most emotional looks at Trooping the Colour as she makes return to the spotlight

The Princess of Wales joined her family in celebrating King Charles' official birthday

Ainhoa Barcelona
Content Managing Editor
Updated: June 15, 2024
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The Princess of Wales looked visibly emotional as she made her much-anticipated return to the spotlight on Saturday, joining the royal family at Trooping the Colour

Kate only confirmed she would be attending King Charles' official birthday parade on the eve of the event, via a personal message sent out by Kensington Palace. This was also accompanied by a beautiful image of Kate posing under a tree in the grounds of the Windsor estate. 

WATCH: Princess Kate makes much-anticipated return to the spotlight

Making her first official appearance in six months since Christmas Day, Kate, 42, was met with applause and cheers as she departed Buckingham Palace riding in a carriage with her three young children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis

Take a look at the best photos from Kate's most emotional Trooping yet...

Prince Louis in car© Getty

Shortly after 10am, the Wales family were seen arriving at Buckingham Palace in one car, with Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte seated backwards, facing their parents William and Kate, and older brother Prince George.

Kate Middleton close up© James Whatling

Kate went for an understated yet elegant look, wearing white and accessorizing with pearl earrings and a brooch.

Kate Middleton during Trooping the Colour© Getty

Kate gave a broad smile as she exited Buckingham Palace and rode onto The Mall. 

Kate smiles at Trooping the Colour 2024© Getty

Despite still undergoing a course of preventative chemotherapy and admitting she is "not out of the woods yet", Kate looked radiant for her first official public appearance of the year.

Princess Kate waves during Trooping the Colour© Getty

She gleefully waved to the crowds from the Glass Coach.

Kate Middleton during Trooping the Colour close up© Getty

The Princess looked flawless in her elegant nautical look.

The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis arrive for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade© Getty

Kate shared a very sweet moment with her youngest, an excited Prince Louis. 

Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte inside the carriage© Getty

Kate was joined in the Glass Coach by her three children, who all coordinated with their mum in navy and white.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Wales wave during Trooping the Colour 2024 © Getty

The Wales children looked delighted to be attending the parade and appeared fascinated by the 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians on display.

Kate attends Trooping the Colour 2024© Getty

The Princess wore a dress by Jenny Packham and a hat by Philip Treacy. 

She paid tribute to the Irish Guards regiment, of which she is Colonel, by wearing an Irish Guards Regimental Brooch.

Kate attends Trooping the Colour 2024 with Prince George and Princess Charlotte© Getty

A closer look at Kate's outfit, matching with her children, in particular her daughter Charlotte who also wore white shoes.

Kate attends Trooping the Colour© Getty

The Princess pictured arriving at Horse Guards Parade with her children to watch the troops form.

Princess Kate shelters from the rain with an umbrella as she walks with her children back to the Glass State Coach at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour© Getty

After watching the troops, the Wales family made their way back to the Glass Coach, with Kate sheltering under an umbrella.

Princess Kate, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte travel along The Mall after Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade© Getty

Despite the heavy rain and winds, the royals kept their spirits up and happily waved to well-wishers who had lined the Mall.

Prince George, the Prince of Wales, Prince Louis, the Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, King Charles III, Queen Camilla and the Duchess of Edinburgh on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, to view the flypast following the Trooping the Colour ceremony© Getty

Back at the palace, the royals gathered on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast. 

Kate looked wonderfully happy to be surrounded by her family and waved to well-wishers.

Prince George, the Prince of Wales, Prince Louis, the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, to view the flypast following the Trooping the Colour ceremony© Getty

The Prince and Princess shared a tender moment in public on the balcony.

Princess Kate watches Prince Louis on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after attending the King's Birthday Parade© Getty

Kate kept a watchful eye on her youngest as the RAF flypast soared overhead.

Kate's appearance at Trooping the Colour

On the latest episode of HELLO!'s A Right Royal Podcast, ITV News' Royal Producer Lizzie Robinson highlighted that whilst the palace had confirmed Kate would miss the Colonel's review, they hadn't said anything about a possible outing for Trooping, which, she says, "left this question mark over whether she might be there".

You can listen to the full episode below.

Does this mean Kate is returning to work?

Kensington Palace had always said that the Princess would decide her schedule and public appearances on a case-by-case basis, depending on how she is feeling nearer the time.

Her appearance at Trooping the Colour should not be interpreted as a return to work or her resuming a full schedule of public engagements.

She is not expected to attend the Order of the Garter service or Royal Ascot next week.

In her statement, the Princess did say she was hoping to "join a few public engagements over the summer".

Kate's statement in full

Kensington Palace gave a rare update on the Princess' health and movements on Friday evening, the day before Trooping. 

The palace released a photo and written statement from the Princess, confirming her attendance but also admitting she has "good" and "bad" days in her recovery. 

Kate Middleton standing next to tree© Matt Porteous
Princess Kate released this new image ahead of her appearance at Trooping

Kate's emotional statement in full read: "I have been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months. It really has made the world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times.

"I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days. 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.

"My treatment is ongoing and will be for a few more months. 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.

"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. 

"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. 

"Thank you so much for your continued understanding, and to all of you who have so bravely shared your stories with me."

What is Trooping the Colour?

Trooping the Colour is the official celebration of the monarch's birthday. 

Despite King Charles being born in November, his special day is once again celebrated in June, when it is typically warmer, with a military parade where he inspects troops and takes part in a procession in central London. Over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians come together in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare.

The ceremony dates back to the early eighteenth century or earlier, when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (or 'trooped') down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

The procession starts at Buckingham Palace and travels down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall. King Charles, as he did this year, inspects the soldiers and gives a salute, before leading the troops in a parade back to Buckingham Palace.

The event ends with the royal family watching the Royal Air Force flypast from the palace balcony.


Princess Kate wearing black and white polka dots and a hat

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