Is the Royal Family Canceling Trooping the Colour This Year? We Now Have the Answer

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The British Army shared an update on King Charles' birthday parade in London, scheduled for June 15

<p> Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty </p> (From left) Prince George, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, King Charles and Queen Camilla at Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023.

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(From left) Prince George, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, King Charles and Queen Camilla at Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023.

The British royal family may be reducing their summer plans ahead of the country's upcoming general election, but Trooping the Colour remains on the calendar.

Although the royals postponed many of their public outings in the weeks leading up to the July 4 election, the British Army confirmed on May 28 that the birthday parade for King Charles will be held on June 15, PA Media reports.

The public celebration of the monarch's birthday each June — regardless of when their actual birthday is — in London sees the ceremonial presentation of the military's regimental flags, called "colours." Members of the royal family take part in the procession, either on horseback or riding in a carriage, before gathering on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch a fly past by the Royal Air Force.

This year, it remains unclear what the King’s participation at Trooping the Colour might look like amid his cancer treatment and whether Kate Middleton will attend following her own cancer diagnosis.

King Charles resumed forward-facing duties in late April after Buckingham Palace announced his cancer treatment in February, while Princess Kate remains outside of the spotlight after announcing her diagnosis in March.

<p>Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images</p> Kate Middleton attends Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023

Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Kate Middleton attends Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023

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According to the PA report, almost a thousand soldiers and about 240 horses will step for a "khaki rehearsal" at Horse Guards Parade in London on May 30. The Brigade Major of the Household Division Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw will oversee the test run before the Major General’s Review on June 1, the Colonel’s Review on June 8 and Trooping the Colour on June 15.

The full parade is actually performed three times on consecutive weekends each year, the Household Division said. An army source previously told PEOPLE that "the purpose of the Colonel's review is to decide that they are ready for the monarch."

Because only one flag can be trooped at a time, the five regiments of the Foot Guards — Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh — rotate annually in leading the charge. Prince William led the rehearsal last year as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, and Princess Kate, 42, is the honorary colonel of the Irish Guards, which are trooping its flag at the parade this year.

<p>Chris Jackson/Getty</p> From left: Prince William, King Charles and Princess Anne at Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023

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From left: Prince William, King Charles and Princess Anne at Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023

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The update comes after King Charles, 75, and Prince William, 41, canceled public engagements last week after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on May 22 that a general election will be held on July 4. Buckingham Palace said the royals would postpone outings "which may appear to divert attention or distract from the election campaign."

Members of the British royal family are constitutionally non-political and traditionally leave the public space during campaigns to keep the public’s attention on the election and the key issues it presents.

However, the political campaign doesn’t negate all outings. Over the weekend, Prince William and Prince George attended a soccer championship at Wembley Stadium.

<p>Chris Jackson/Getty Images)</p> King Charles (left) and Prince William at handover ceremony for Colonel-in-Chief of the Army air corps on May 13, 2024

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King Charles (left) and Prince William at handover ceremony for Colonel-in-Chief of the Army air corps on May 13, 2024

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Events surrounding the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, including King Charles' first overseas trip since he announced his cancer diagnosis, are expected to go on as scheduled on June 5 and June 6. Other outings are under review and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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