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Princess of Wales Announces Progress in Cancer Treatment, Plans to Attend Trooping the Colour Ceremony

The Princess of Wales announced on Friday that she is “making good progress” in her cancer treatment and will attend the royal Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday. This marks Kate’s first public appearance since her diagnosis.

“I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days,” the 42-year-old wife of Prince William said in a statement released on Friday. Kate has not made any public appearances this year and announced in March that she was undergoing chemotherapy for an unspecified form of cancer.

“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,” she added.

In a show of support, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated that the Princess of Wales’ message will resonate deeply with those battling cancer and their families. “They will recognize the same struggle in her words and draw hope and inspiration from her strength. I’m delighted she will be in attendance for His Majesty’s Birthday Parade and I know the whole country is behind her,” Sunak posted on X.

While the announcement is a significant milestone, it does not mark a return to full-time public duties for Kate. Trooping the Colour, also known as the King’s Birthday Parade, is an annual military event celebrating the monarch’s official birthday in June. King Charles III, who is also undergoing treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer, will oversee the ceremony. During the event, troops in full dress uniform parade with their ceremonial flag, or “colour.”

Kate is expected to travel in a horse-drawn carriage from Buckingham Palace with the couple’s children, Prince George, 10; Princess Charlotte, 9; and Prince Louis, 6, before watching the ceremony from a building beside the parade ground. She may also join other royals for a traditional Buckingham Palace balcony appearance.

Kate’s announcement in March followed speculation on social media about her well-being and absence from public view. She revealed few details about her illness, which was discovered after what she described as major abdominal surgery in January. In a March video message, Kate said the diagnosis had come as “a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family.”

On Friday, Kate thanked the public, saying she had been “blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement.”

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

King Charles, 75, disclosed his cancer diagnosis in February and has recently eased back into public duties.

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