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Kate to attend Trooping the Colour tomorrow after revealing cancer diagnosis

The Princess of Wales has said she is “making good progress” but is “not out of the woods yet” as she gave an update on her cancer treatment for the first time since revealing her diagnosis in March.

In a written statement accompanied by a new picture taken of her earlier this week in Windsor, Kate said she would join her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, at the Trooping the Colour Parade for the King’s birthday on Saturday.

“I have been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months,” the Princess said. “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.

“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.”

Kate said she will attend the Trooping the Colour ceremony next week. (Picture from June 2023: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)
Kate will attend the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday (Picture from June 2023: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

She said she was looking forward to attending the King’s official Birthday Parade this weekend and hoped to join “a few public engagements over the summer”, adding: “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,” the Princess said.

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

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “His Majesty is delighted that the princess is able to attend tomorrow’s events, and is much looking forward to all elements of the day”.

Kate has been out of the spotlight since the start of the year while undergoing treatment for the undisclosed cancer.

In a personal video address, the Princess, 42, appealed for her family to have time, space and privacy as she announced her diagnosis and said she had begun preventative chemotherapy.

During a visit to Cornwall in May, Prince William said the Princess of Wales was “doing well”.

Kate spoke of her “huge shock” at learning of the diagnosis, describing how her family have experienced an “incredibly tough couple of months”.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous,” she said.

“The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present.

“My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment.

“This of course came 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. As you can imagine, this has taken time.”

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