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Kate Middleton Reportedly Wants to Attend Trooping the Colour to Support Family

Days ago, royal experts appeared to rule out a Trooping the Colour appearance from Kate Middleton. Now, others have said the public might see the Princess of Wales on the balcony alongside her children.

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Kate Middleton may make an appearance alongside her family at Trooping the Colour this weekend, experts have claimed.

The Princess of Wales has been absent from public life over the last six months as she receives preventative chemotherapy for cancer, with Catherine last seen alongside the royal family on Christmas Day. The mother-of-three was flooded with support when she revealed she had cancer in a deeply personal video message in March, and has since missed significant events including the Buckingham Palace Garden Parties and the Easter Sunday church service.

Now, a number of royal editors have claimed the Princess may choose to join the King, Queen and Prince of Wales to watch the monarch’s annual birthday parade on 15 June. Speaking on MailOnline’s Palace Confidential about the ‘big question’ over whether Kate will appear on the balcony, royal editor Rebecca English said, ‘What’s very interesting, is that when I’ve asked both Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace about it this week, it’s been not saying a word.

‘I mean look, if she is there. Fantastic. People will be delighted to see her. If she isn’t, don’t read anything into it because she never said she would be. I think it will be a bonus.’

Roya Nikkhah, royal editor for The Sunday Times, appeared to agree. She posted on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, ‘Will the Princess of Wales be at Trooping the Colour on Saturday? No word yet from Kensington Palace, but IF Kate feels well enough on the day, I think she’ll want to be there to support her children and family.’

Speaking on her podcast, The Royals, Nikkhah went on to say she thinks Kate Middleton ‘will be there’, saying, ‘I think she will see how she feels on the day. Kensington Palace have been keeping very tight-lipped on this. We know that we have all been very careful about not speculating about the Princess and her recovery. She is still undergoing preventative chemotherapy treatment.
‘I was thinking about it today and thinking, “How will that all look?” You’ve got Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis who normally ride in the carriage with her when William is in the parade. Then you have them back at the palace, on the balcony. I was just thinking…if she feels well enough…

‘It’s up to her. One day you feel okay, one day you feel less okay when you’re having chemotherapy. My feeling is, if she feels well enough on the day, she will want to be there to support the children and her family.’

The comments appear to indicate a change in tone from earlier claims by royal expert Katie Nicholl, who told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month she would be ‘unlikely’ to attend the event. She said, ‘She has made it very clear that she wants to stay out of the spotlight. She needs this period and below the radar for her recovery. We’re so used to seeing her up on that balcony.’

Trooping the Colour is amongst the most significant of the royal events of the year and if the Princess was to attend, the royal experts predict it would likely just be for a brief appearance on the balcony. It also would not indicate a return to royal duty for the Princess. When she first announced news of her cancer, it was confirmed she would only return to full-time public engagements when doctors gave her the all-clear and when she felt ready to do so. The Telegraph is reporting an appearance at Trooping could be the ‘perfect low-pressure’ event for the Princess. As Nikkhah explained on The Royals podcast, ‘If she was well enough to be at Trooping, nobody should see it as her comeback.’

The King’s annual birthday parade sees 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians set to showcase their military precision and horsemanship on Saturday 15 June. The event ends with the famous 41-gun salute in Green Park and RAF fly-past, which the royals gather to watch from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Well-wishers and royal fans can line the streets to watch, too, often turning up with flags.

Whether the Princess of Wales is able to attend or not, we’re sure it will be a spectacular occasion.

Tatler has contacted Kensington Palace for comment. 

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