Kensington Palace Gives Rare Update on Princess Kate’s Return-to-Work Status

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We’ll have to wait a while to see the Princess of Wales back on Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony.

Kensington Palace confirmed that Princess Kate will not join the royal family to attend this year’s Trooping the Colour, a ceremonial event held annually in June to celebrate the birthday of the current British monarch.

At the ceremony, Kate typically serves as the inspecting officer at the traditional Colonel’s Review, but this year, that role will instead go to Lieutenant General James Bucknall, KCB, CBE, People reports.

The rare update on Kate’s return-to-work status comes as the royal undergoes “preventative chemotherapy” to treat her cancer, a condition she revealed in a personal video message on March 22.

But Kate had been missing in action for months prior to her announcement, with the princess having paused her royal duties as she recovered from an abdominal surgery in January, per the palace. She last carried out an official public engagement on December 25, when she participated in the traditional walk to Christmas morning church service on the Sandringham estate.

london, england june 17 catherine, princess of wales rides down the mall by carriage during trooping the colour on june 17, 2023 in london, england trooping the colour is a traditional parade held to mark the british sovereigns official birthday it will be the first trooping the colour held for king charles iii since he ascended to the throne photo by samir husseinwireimage
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Although she hasn’t embarked on an official engagement since, Kate was last publicly spotted in March. At the time, a video captured Kate leaving a Windsor farm shop with husband Prince William at her side. And earlier this week, some publications reported that Kate had been seen running errands with her family, although no photos or videos of the outing have been published.

“The Princess will return to official duties when she is cleared to do so by her medical team,” a source previously told Harper’s Bazaar. “She is in good spirits and is focused on making a full recovery.”

Meanwhile, William “will continue to balance supporting his wife and family and maintaining his official duties as he has done since the start of the year.”

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