Trooping The Colour 2024

Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, has made her first official appearance since she announced her cancer diagnosis on March 22. The royal attended the final and most prestigious ceremonial event of the annual Trooping the Colour, marking the King’s Birthday Parade in style.

After arriving at Buckingham Palace in a car, Kate was pictured in the royal carriage with her three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Dressed in a striking white dress with navy, nautical features, Kate—who is the honorary colonel of the Irish Guards, a Foot Guards regiment of the British Army—smiled as she watched the regiment march. After exiting the carriage, Kate was pictured enjoying the parade from a window, pointing out certain elements to her three young children.

Trooping The Colour 2024


Meanwhile, King Charles III——stood in salute of the marching army members, who were in their full regalia complete with the iconic King’s Guards bearskin hats. Alongside him, Queen Camilla stood to attention, marking the special occasion as her husband was saluted. Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, who took on the title Prince of Wales after his father became King, took part in the royal proceedings, serving on horseback.

Although King Charles would typically also be on horseback, His Majesty—who in February —inspected the parade on foot, standing and saluting.

Trooping The Colour 2024

Trooping the Colour

Kate’s appearance marks a significant return to public life, yet the mother-of-three is open about the challenges ahead. Although she attended Trooping the Colour, the royal may well be absent from future events, as her recovery is set to continue over the coming months. In March, Kate revealed she had been diagnosed with an undisclosed type of cancer following a planned abdominal surgery in January. She revealed she was undergoing a course of “.”

In an , in which Kate announced she would be attending the King’s Birthday Parade, the royal said she is learning to be patient and listen to her body. In the post shared across the , Kate said: “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.”

Informing the public on the status of her cancer treatment, Kate said it is “ongoing and will be for a few more months.”

The royal expanded: “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.”