Will Kate Middleton be attending Trooping the Colour 2024?

14 June 2024, 18:01

Kate Middleton wearing green at Trooping the Colour in 2023
Kate Middleton plays an important role at Trooping the Colour thanks to her royal title. Picture: Getty

Kate Middleton would usually play an important role at the public birthday celebrations for King Charles so will she be attending? Or will she make an appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony? Here's what we know.

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Trooping the Colour 2024 is on June 15th and Kate Middleton is set to make her first public appearance since she revealed her cancer diagnosis.

The Princess of Wales bravely opened up on March 22nd in a video, posted to her official Instagram account with husband Prince William, that she will be taking time away from her public royal duties to undergo preventive chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer.

In an emotional statement, the future Queen revealed she would be attending the King's Birthday Parade, in which she typically plays an important role as the colonel-in-chief of the Irish Guards.

Here is everything we know about Kate Middleton's attendance at Trooping the Colour 2024.

Kate Middleton smiling at Trooping the Colour 2023
Kate Middleton isn't expected to attend the ceremony following her cancer diagnosis. Picture: Getty

Will Kate Middleton be attending Trooping the Colour 2024?

Yes, Kate will be attending the event which celebrates King Charles, the monarch's, official birthday.

The Princess of Wales confirmed her attendance in a statement which 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."

Kate Middleton will make an appearance at Trooping the Colour. Pictured in 2022
Kate Middleton will make an appearance at Trooping the Colour. Pictured in 2022. Picture: Getty

She continued: "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."

As colonel-in-chief of the Irish Guards, Kate would typically take the salute at The Colonel's Review, the second of three ticketed Trooping the Colour events.

The royal family gather on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Royal Air Force flyover
The royal family gather on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Royal Air Force flyover. Picture: Getty

Will Kate Middleton appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour?

It's reported that while Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis's mum will be at the ceremony - which lasts over two hours - and is considering taking her traditional spot on the balcony to watch the Royal Airforce flyover with her family.

Again, this is not confirmed by royal officials, but a source has claimed to the Daily Mirror she might make an appearance if she is feeling well enough.

When will Kate Middleton return to royal duties?

The Princess of Wales will return to royal duties for Trooping the Colour on Saturday the 15th of June.

After this it is not known when she will next appear in public, however she did hint that she would be taking part 'a few' public engagements over the summer.

Previously palace sources have insisted the Princess will continue to rest and recover until given the all-clear by her doctor. Some reports have even suggested she will take the full year to focus on her health.