Kate Middleton breaks silence on missing major event as she continues cancer recovery

Kate Middleton
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The Princess of Wales has expressed her regret at being unable to attend a significant rehearsal for Trooping the Colour today, June 8.

In her role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, Kate Middleton would traditionally be present at the Colonel's Review, a traditional rehearsal held in preparation for the principal Trooping the Colour event set for next week. This year, it is the Irish Guards who will troop their colour.

However, due to ongoing recovery following her cancer diagnosis and treatment, Kate will not be in attendance at today's proceedings to give the salute. Her place will be taken by Lieutenant General James Bucknall.

Despite her absence, the princess took the step of penning a letter to the Irish Guards, expressing her pride in the regiment and extending her best wishes for their rehearsal, the Mirror reports.

The handwritten letter, printed on Kensington Palace stationery and made public through the Irish Guards' X account, read: "I wanted to write to let you know how proud I am of the entire regiment ahead of the Colonel's Review and Trooping the Colour. I appreciate everyone Trooping this year has been practising for months, and dedicating many hours to ensure their uniforms and drill are immaculate.

"Being your Colonel remains a great honour, and I am very sorry that I am unable to take the salute at this year's Colonel Review. Please pass my apologies to the whole Regiment, however, I do hope I can represent you all again soon. Please send my very best wishes and good luck to all involved."

Kate Middleton concludes her letter with the handwritten motto of the Irish Guards, Quis Separabit, translating to 'Who shall separate us?' and signs it off as 'Colonel Catherine'.

Kate and William
The Royal Family often take to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch Trooping the Colour -Credit:Getty Images

A video of her letter being read out to the troops was posted by the regiment, garnering a round of applause at its conclusion. This comes after information surfaced from the Mirror which suggested that Kate could possibly show up for the King's official birthday celebrations set for next weekend.

If her health permits, she may even grace the Buckingham Palace balcony post the Trooping the Colour ceremony. However, palace insiders have indicated that despite this possibility, the Duchess is not slated to resume her official duties until she receives medical clearance, meaning any Royal event appearances would be few and far between at most.

Despite undergoing treatment for cancer himself, the King has decided to attend his birthday celebrations in London in the coming Saturday. A change in routine will see him swap horseback riding to inspect the troops, with an Ascot Landau carriage ride alongside Queen Camilla.

Sources from the palace indicate that this change aligns with the guidelines that the King's return to work would be "carefully reviewed" for each engagement.

Trooping the Colour, the annual event marking the monarch's official birthday, is held every year despite Prince Charles' actual birthday falling on November 14. According to Royal insiders, it is anticipated that other members of the Royal Family will be in attendance, similar to last year when only working family members were present.

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