Kate Middleton Says She Will Attend King's Birthday Parade Amid Cancer Treatment

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Kate Middleton has broken her silence after announcing that she had been diagnosed with cancer in March.

In a June 14 Instagram post, the princess told fans she's been "blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months."

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

Kate said her treatment is "ongoing," and "will be for a few more months." On days when she feels well, the 42-year-old says she spends time "on the things that give me energy and positivity," including working from home.

And while the royal will be attending King Charles'birthday parade this weekend and hopes "to join a few public engagements over the summer," she knows she's "not out of the woods yet."

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

Kate finished her message by thanking her followers for their "continued understanding" and well wishes.

The news comes days after Kate wrote a letter of apology to the British Army's Irish Guards regiment, where she said she was sorry for missing the Colonel's Review, a rehearsal of the annual Trooping the Colour parade in honor of King Charles’ birthday.

Weeks before, multiple outlets—including People, Us Weekly, and the Daily Mail—reported that the Princess of Waleshas been spotted "out and about" with her family, including kids Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 6.

"The princess has been seen out and about more with her family in recent weeks, which will be taken as a positive sign by many," the Daily Mail writes. People adds that Kate has also been seen "solo running errands."

In March, the royal shared in a video statement that she had been diagnosed with cancer and would be undergoing preventative chemotherapy after having planned abdominal surgery in January.

Here’s everything to know about Kate Middleton’s abdominal surgery and cancer diagnosis, plus all of the health updates so far.

What is Kate's diagnosis?

Kate Middleton revealed on March 22nd that she's been diagnosed with cancer.

The Princess acknowledged in her video statement, that "at the time [of her surgery], it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous."

However, she said that despite the success of the surgery, tests after the operation found "cancer had been present."

She will undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy.

Jack Jacoub, MD, a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist and medical director of the MemorialCare Cancer Institute, says that chemotherapy is done because "we assume there are cancer cells we didn't remove, and those cancer cells might come back and create a recurrence of cancer." Chemo reduces that risk of recurrence, he clarified.

Why isn’t Kate sharing the type of cancer she has?

Kate hasn’t shared the type of cancer she has, and Kensington Palace has made it clear that she doesn’t plan to. In a statement released to the media, Kensington Palace officials said, “We will not be sharing any further private medical information. The Princess has a right to medical privacy, as we all do.”

King Charles, who also has cancer, did not share his specific diagnosis either. According to Town & Country, the palace has issued guidance to journalists that asked media outlets to avoid speculating or looking into the type of cancer that King Charles has, or the type of treatment he’s undergoing.

What is abdominal surgery?

Abdominal surgery is a broad term used to describe a surgical procedure that involves opening the abdominal cavity, according to The University of Tennessee Medical Center. It usually involves treating diseases, conditions, or injuries to the stomach and bowels, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, or surrounding soft tissues, the organization says.

The way the surgery is completed depends on the procedure someone is having done. Some medical conditions require more intensive surgeries, while others can be done via laparoscopic surgery, which is a surgical technique where short, narrow tubes are inserted into the abdomen through small incisions, per Medline Plus.

Recovery time can vary for abdominal surgery, depending on the type of surgery someone has and why it was done. With laparoscopic surgery, you can usually go back to work after three days, Cleveland Clinic says. But recovery from more invasive surgeries may take longer.

Where did Kate undergo abdominal surgery?

Kate received abdominal surgery at The London Clinic, the largest independent, private hospital in the U.K., according to PEOPLE. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II’s parents—King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother—in 1932. The hospital is currently equipped to treat 155 different conditions and has over 1,000 nursing, clinical, and support staff.

Kate isn't the first member of the royal family to receive care at the hospital. Like the Princess of Wales, the late Prince Philip also had abdominal surgery there in 2013, per PEOPLE. The late Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth’s sister) had skin lesions removed there in 1980, and in 1960, the Duke of Windsor (Queen Elizabeth’s uncle) underwent an eye operation, the publication reported.

Here's a timeline of her surgery, recovery, and every health update so far.

January 17, 2024: The news of Kate's abdominal surgery is first announced.

Kensington Palace shared an official statement on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Instagram account that read: “Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to hospital yesterday for planned abdominal surgery. The surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for 10 to 14 days, before returning home to continue her recovery. Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter. ”

“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate,” the statement continued. “She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible; and her wish that her personal medical information remains private.” Kensington Palace also noted that it “will only provide updates on Her Royal Highness' progress when there is significant new information to share.”

January 29: Princess Kate is released from the hospital.

On January 29, Kensington Palace announced that Kate was back home and "making good progress" in her surgery recovery after a two-week hospital stay.

"The Princess of Wales has returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery from surgery. She is making good progress," Kensington Palace shared on Instagram. The Prince and Princess of Wales also wished "a huge thank you to the entire team at the London Clinic, especially the dedicated nursing staff" in the statement.

The Wales family also said they were "grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world."

After the news of Kate's health situation was initially shared on social media back in January, the comments section of the post were flooded with well-wishes, as well as questions about what “abdominal surgery” means.

March 2024: Reports reiterate Kate's desire for privacy.

“Kate’s said she feels she’s entitled to heal and recuperate without all of this frenzied speculation,” a source told Us Weekly in March 2024. “Neither Kate nor William think her medical records should be for public consumption.” The insider also said that Kate is “trying not to pay attention to all the rumors and gossip, and William is doing his best to shield her, but it’s distressing.”

But this has applied to her close circle, with the publication revealing that even people close to Kate don’t know what’s going on. Kate has reportedly had a few visitors, including King Charles and Queen Camilla, but her condition is otherwise covered by a “shroud of secrecy.”

“A few of Kate’s senior staffers haven’t been able to see or speak to her, and they didn’t even know about the surgery until it was announced, so it’s caught them off guard,” a second said. The insider added that Kate has only just started to tell people about what her operation was about. “Only a few people know what’s really going on, and they’re tight-lipped,” they said.

In the meantime, the Princess of Wales is reportedly being cared for by her mom. “Her mother has been a huge help,” the source said, noting that Carole Middleton has been a “personal chauffeur and brought books and magazines for [Kate] to read during her convalescence.”

March 4: Kate is photographed riding in a car with her mother.

Kate was seen in public for the first time since Christmas, riding in the passenger seat of a car driven by her mother, Carole Middleton, per People.

March 10: Kensington Palace releases a photo of Kate and her children for Mother's Day.

Kensington Palace released an Instagram photo of Kate and her three children, which was taken the week prior at Windsor, per People. In her first public post since undergoing surgery earlier this year, Kate thanked fans for their "kind wishes and continued support over the last two months."

"Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day," she added. Kate's husband, Prince William, is listed as the photographer on the image.

The snap set the internet ablaze, with commenters pointing out what appeared to be editing fails on Princess Charlotte's left hand and Prince Louis' shoulders, along with other inconsistencies. The picture was distributed internationally, before agencies like the Associated Press and Reuters removed it from their websites on claims that the photo was edited.

March 11: Kate apologizes for editing the family photo.

Kate issued an apology on March 11 to address “confusion” over the photo of herself with her kids.

“Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing,” she said in a statement released on X (formerly Twitter). “I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother's Day.”

The post was signed “C” for Catherine, which is Kate’s first name.

March 11: Kate is photographed riding in a car with Prince William.

On the same day she apologized, Kate was photographed riding in a car with Prince William while leaving Windsor, although her face was obscured.

Goff Photos, the agency that took the picture, said in a statement to Today on March 12 that the snap was “cropped and lightened” but that “nothing has been doctored.”

Photographer Jim Bennett, who took the picture, shared that car shots are “unpredictable at the best of times…and with some reflection on the glass it can be difficult," per People.

Bennett said he was expecting to snap a picture of William, but it wasn’t until he looked at the frame that he realized Kate was in the car, too.

March 14: William mentions Kate during an event honoring Princess Diana

A few days later, William spoke at the Diana Legacy Awards in London and casually slipped Kate’s name into his speech. “[Princess Diana’s] legacy is something that both Catherine and I have sought to focus on through our work, as have the 50,000 young people who have received a Diana Award over the past 25 years,” he said.

The future king didn’t say anything else about Kate.

March 16: Kate is spotted looking 'happy, relaxed and healthy' at a farm shop

The princess was seen in public visiting a farm shop near her Windsor home, where onlookers called her "happy, relaxed and healthy," per The Sun. The royal shopped alongside her husband William after watching her children take part in sports that morning, according to the outlet.

"After all the rumors that had been going 'round I was stunned to see them there," one onlooker said. "Kate was out shopping with William and she looked happy and she looked well. The kids weren’t with them but it’s such a good sign she was healthy enough to pop down to the shops."

March 18: Video footage is released of Kate's farm shop outing

On Monday, TMZ and The Sun both obtained footage of Kate walking out of the farm shop alongside her husband William. In the video, Kate wears an athletic hoodie and leggings, carrying a white shopping bag. She appears to be smiling as she chats with William.

Of course, this didn't convince everyone. Theorists on X (formerly known as Twitter) questioned the identity of the woman in the video—including Bravo host Andy Cohen, who wrote, "That ain’t Kate…."

March 19: Kate is the victim of a security breach

At least one staff member at The London Clinic—the hospital that treated Kate for her January abdominal surgery—attempted to access her medical records, a new report from The Mirror says.

Bosses at the London Clinic have launched an investigation into the breach, per the outlet.

"Everyone at The London Clinic is acutely aware of our individual, professional, ethical and legal duties with regards to patient confidentiality," the hospital's CEO told People in a statement. "We take enormous pride in the outstanding care and discretion we aim to deliver for all our patients that put their trust in us every day. We have systems in place to monitor management of patient information and, in the case of any breach, all appropriate investigatory, regulatory and disciplinary steps will be taken. There is no place at our hospital for those who intentionally breach the trust of any of our patients or colleagues."

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), a British privacy watchdog, told The Mirror that they also received a report and are investigating. Kate is aware of the incident, according to the publication.

The London Clinic—which has a reputation for discreetly treating members of the royal family—has been rocked by the news, with a source adding that staff are "utterly shocked and distraught."

March 22: Kate announces that she's been diagnosed with cancer

In a video address, Kate thanked her supporters personally for their kind words over the past few months. She explained that her January abdominal surgery was "successful," but subsequent tests revealed that cancer—the type of which was not disclosed—"had been present." The princess is now in the "early stages" of undergoing a round of "preventative" chemotherapy.

"This, of course, came as a huge shock," she said. "And William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family. As you can imagine, this has taken time."

The princess said it has taken time to tell her children—George, Charlotte, and Louis—"in a way that is appropriate for them."

The news came days after the royal was reportedly the victim of a security breach. At least one staff member at The London Clinic—the hospital that treated the princess for her January abdominal surgery—attempted to access her medical records, a new report from The Mirror says.

The royal ended her video with a message of hope, adding that she's getting better every day and requesting privacy during this time.

"My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy, and I look forward to being back when I am able," she said. "But for now, I must focus on making a full recovery."

March 23: Kate and Will release a statement.

The day after Kate revealed she has cancer, she and William released a joint statement to the media—the first time they’ve jointly addressed the public since Kate revealed that she was having planned abdominal surgery.

“The Prince and Princess are both enormously touched by the kind messages from people here in the U.K., across the Commonwealth and around the world in response to Her Royal Highness’ message,” the statement says, per BBC. “They are extremely moved by the public’s warmth and support and are grateful for the understanding of their request for privacy at this time.”

April 30: Will says Kate and their children are "doing well."

During an appearance at the grand opening of James Place Newcastle on April 30, a member of the crowd asked Will about the status of Kate and their three children. In response, William assured the public that they were doing just fine.

"All doing well, thank you," he replied, per a video shared by the Daily Mail. "We're all doing well."

June 2: Kate and William’s friend says they’re 'going through hell'

Children's designer Amaia Arrietad has dressed Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis multiple times over the years, and she told The Telegraph in early May that she’s “heartbroken” over Kate’s diagnosis.I think they are going through hell,” she said. “I hope they will be back. It’s really personal.”

Amaia has created a number of looks for big events, including christenings, Princess Eugenie's wedding, and Christmases, per The Telegraph. "Dressing the royals gives me so much pride, I really do care about how they look," she shared. Amaia also said that she works closely with the royal family’s nanny, Maria Borrallo. "It’s often a very tight deadline. We would do anything for them… the children always look amazing in the end," she added.

May 27 and May 28: Kate is reportedly spotted "out and about."

In late May, the royal was reportedly seen in public, according to reports from People, Us Weekly, and The Daily Mail, among other outlets.

"The princess has been seen out and about more with her family in recent weeks, which will be taken as a positive sign by many," the Daily Mail writes. People adds that Kate has also been seen "solo running errands."

There were no photographs or videos shared of the reported sightings, nor any word on who spotted Kate. And this may be one of the few times that the princess is seen in public this year: A few days earlier, a royal source told the Daily Beast that Kate likely won't make any appearances in 2024 amid her cancer battle.

"I am told that Kate’s diary for this year is empty," the insider told the publication. "There is nothing planned. She may not appear in public for the rest of the year."

June 1: The investigation into Kate’s security breach continues

An investigation into the data breach at the London Clinic continues, with the Daily Mail reporting that staff may not have actually seen her private records, instead falling for a “decoy” trap set by managers. Three months in, the clinic is still under investigation and the case hasn’t been referred to Scotland Yard (the headquarters of London’s metropolitan police).

Senior officials at the hospital launched a probe after claims were made that at least one staff member tried to access personal details about Kate and her planned abdominal surgery in January.

Several data specialists told the Daily Mail that staff might have been caught with a decoy tactic that private hospitals who have famous patients use. That tactic involves storing the famous patient’s real health data under a fake name, then creating a fake file under the celebrity’s real name. That file contains fake information and is checked by bosses to see if it’s been opened without permission. If that happens, hospitals are required to conduct their own investigation.

It's still not clear at this point what happened.

June 8: Kate apologizes for missing a Trooping the Colour parade rehearsal.

There was speculation that Kate might come to a rehearsal for the British Army's Irish Guards regiment in June, which she is Colonel of. However, Kate wrote an apology letter for missing the event.

"I wanted to write and let you know how proud I am of the entire Regiment ahead of the Colonel's Review and Trooping the Colour," the letter, which was shared on the Irish Guards' X page, said. "I appreciate everyone trooping this year has been practicing for months, and dedicating many hours to ensuring their uniforms and drill are immaculate."

"Being your Colonel remains a great honour, and I am very sorry that I'm unable to take the salute at this year's Colonel's Review,” the letter continued. “Please pass my apologies to the whole Regiment, however I do hope that I am able to represent you all once again very soon. Please send my very best wishes and good luck to all involved." It was signed “Colonel Catherine.”

June 14: Kate says she's making 'good progress' on chemotherapy treatments.

On June 14, Kate addressed the public for the first time since she revealed her cancer diagnosis in March. In an emotional Instagram post, she told royal fans she's been "blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months."

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

Kate said her treatment is "ongoing and will be for a few more months." On days when she feels well, the 42-year-old says she spends time "on the things that give me energy and positivity," including working from home.

The royal would be attending King Charles' birthday parade that weekend and hoped "to join a few public engagements over the summer." But she added that she's "not out of the woods yet."

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

Kate finished her message by thanking her followers for their "continued understanding" and well wishes.

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