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Britain’s royal family are reunited on Buckingham Palace balcony for stunning RAF flypast with King Charles making sweet gesture to welcome Princess Kate back after her cancer diagnosis

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Britain’s royal family are reunited on Buckingham Palace balcony for stunning RAF flypast with King Charles making sweet gesture to welcome Princess Kate back after her cancer diagnosis

The Princess of Wales and King Charles III were reunited on the Buckingham Palace balcony today for the first time since they both began cancer treatment.

Kate joined members of the Royal Family to watch a spectacular flypast by the RAF as she made a triumphant return to public life at Trooping the Colour. 

And in a sweet gesture from the monarch, Kate stood next to Charles – a change from last year’s arrangement when her husband Prince William was next to him. 

The flypast began as senior royals came out onto the balcony – with Charles and Camilla followed by Kate and William and their children George, Charlotte and Louis. Kate then leant over to speak to Charles, who laughed at something she said.

They were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, with the family smiling and waving to crowds before standing proudly as the national anthem was played.

Kate’s appearance had been in doubt after she missed the final Trooping rehearsal last weekend, with confirmation that she would attend only given at 6pm yesterday.

But with the King also suffering from cancer, today’s spectacle of military pomp and pageantry became a symbolic statement by the monarchy after much uncertainty.

Scotland Yard had a ‘substantial’ policing operation in place, with anti-monarchy group Republic allowed to protest but banned from using amplified sound.

Hundreds of Metropolitan Police officers were deployed on the ceremonial route to ensure the safety and security of those watching, with tens of thousands gathered.

William and Kate with their children next to Charles and Camilla at Buckingham Palace today

William and Kate smile at each other on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

William and Kate smile at each other on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

(From left) Prince George, Prince William, Prince Louis, Kate, Princess Charlotte, King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Sophie, Prince Edward, Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Anne today

(From left) Prince George, Prince William, Prince Louis, Kate, Princess Charlotte, King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Sophie, Prince Edward, Lady Louise Windsor and Princess Anne today

Prince William and Kate attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London today

Prince William and Kate attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London today

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace today

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace today

Prince Louis, the Princess of Wales and Charlotte on the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Prince Louis, the Princess of Wales and Charlotte on the Buckingham Palace balcony today

King Charles, Queen Camilla and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace today

King Charles, Queen Camilla and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Crowds watch the Red Arrows fly over The Mall at the end of Trooping The Colour today

Crowds watch the Red Arrows fly over The Mall at the end of Trooping The Colour today

William and Kate smile at each other on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

William and Kate smile at each other on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

The Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Colour this afternoon

The Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Colour this afternoon

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Members of the Royal Family wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

The royals watch the Red Arrows fly over The Mall at the end of Trooping The Colour today

The royals watch the Red Arrows fly over The Mall at the end of Trooping The Colour today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Prince William and Kate attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London today

Prince William and Kate attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London today

Members of the Royal Family stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Members of the Royal Family stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Prince William and Kate attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London today

Prince William and Kate attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London today

Members of the Royal Family wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Members of the Royal Family wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Prince Louis wipes his eye while standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Prince Louis wipes his eye while standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Members of the Royal Family stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Members of the Royal Family stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Members of the Royal Family wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony in London today

Royal Family members smile on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London today

Royal Family members smile on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

King Charles and Queen Camilla speak to each other on the Buckingham Palace balcony today

King Charles and Queen Camilla speak to each other on the Buckingham Palace balcony today 

Prince William and Kate attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London today

Prince William and Kate attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London today

King Charles and Queen Camilla wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony this afternoon

King Charles and Queen Camilla wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony this afternoon

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Members of the Royal Family watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony today

Royal Family members smile on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London today

Royal Family members smile on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London today

Prince William speaks to Prince Louis during the  Buckingham Palace flypast in London today

Prince William speaks to Prince Louis during the  Buckingham Palace flypast in London today

King Charles and Queen Camilla wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony this afternoon

King Charles and Queen Camilla wave from the Buckingham Palace balcony this afternoon

Earlier, the 42-year-old Princess of Wales beamed and waved as she and her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, were cheered by crowds on The Mall in a carriage procession for the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Kate was surrounded by other members of the family – with her husband Prince William , Colonel of the Welsh Guards, on horseback, along with Princess Anne , Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and Prince Edward , Colonel of the Scots Guards.

After spending much of the year coming to terms with the diagnosis and receiving ongoing chemotherapy, Kate looked relaxed as she travelled along one of London’s most famous thoroughfares with her family in the glass state coach. 

The family were first seen arriving at Buckingham Palace in a car at 10am, with George sitting between Kate and William, and Charlotte and Louis opposite.

King Charles III also rode in a carriage with Queen Camilla, a departure from last year because of his illness, and he inspected the officers and guardsmen on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall from the coach rather than from a horse.

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Kate arrives with Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Horse Guards Parade today

Kate arrives with Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Horse Guards Parade today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Kate with George and Charlotte this afternoon, in front of Sophie and Lady Louise Windsor

Kate with George and Charlotte this afternoon, in front of Sophie and Lady Louise Windsor

Soldiers on the Mall during Trooping the Colour on the way to Buckingham Palace today

Soldiers on the Mall during Trooping the Colour on the way to Buckingham Palace today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today 

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Audience members watch the Trooping the Colour parade in London today

Audience members watch the Trooping the Colour parade in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Soldiers at the Trooping the Colour parade at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Soldiers at the Trooping the Colour parade at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Kate arrives with Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Horse Guards Parade today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Trooping the Colour on The Mall in London today

Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Trooping the Colour on The Mall in London today

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on horseback at Trooping the Colour today

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on horseback at Trooping the Colour today

Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis watching Trooping the Colour today

Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis watching Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

Royal fans wait in heavy rain on The Mall for the return of the royal procession today

Royal fans wait in heavy rain on The Mall for the return of the royal procession today 

Kate with Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the rain this afternoon

Kate with Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the rain this afternoon

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy during Trooping the Colour today

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy during Trooping the Colour today

Prince Louis tries to open a window while watching Trooping the Colour this afternoon

Prince Louis tries to open a window while watching Trooping the Colour this afternoon

The Princess of Wales gets out of the royal carriage at Horse Guards Parade today

The Princess of Wales gets out of the royal carriage at Horse Guards Parade today

Soldiers on the Mall during Trooping the Colour on the way to Buckingham Palace today

Soldiers on the Mall during Trooping the Colour on the way to Buckingham Palace today

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place 

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive for Trooping the Colour in London this morning

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive for Trooping the Colour in London this morning

Kate was greeted by a sea of faces as the royal party turned from The Mall into Horse Guards Parade, with the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence together in a carriage, while the Duchess of Edinburgh travelled in a coach with her daughter Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and the Duke of Kent.

The royal party were in the midst of a sovereign’s mounted escort, formed by troops from the Household Cavalry’s Life Guards and Blues and Royals.

In the rear rank was Tennyson, one of the five horses injured when they ran through the streets of London after being spooked by construction noise.

In a change from last year, Kate did not join senior family members on a dais, but watched the spectacle from the Duke of Wellington’s former office with her children.

Kate stood beside her children as the regiments, in red ceremonial dress, continued to parade. She could be seen whispering in the ear of Charlotte as the band played.

Prince Louis at Trooping The Colour on Horse Guards Parade in London today

Prince Louis at Trooping The Colour on Horse Guards Parade in London today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London today

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London today

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

King Charles III during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade today

King Charles III during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade today

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Kate at Trooping The Colour today

 Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Kate at Trooping The Colour today

Soldiers at the Trooping the Colour parade at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Soldiers at the Trooping the Colour parade at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Royal fans wait in heavy rain on The Mall for the return of the royal procession today

Royal fans wait in heavy rain on The Mall for the return of the royal procession today

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend Trooping the Colour in London today

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend Trooping the Colour in London today

Members of the Coldstream Guards band take part in Trooping the Colour today

Members of the Coldstream Guards band take part in Trooping the Colour today

Prince Louis looks on during Trooping the Colour in London this morning

Prince Louis looks on during Trooping the Colour in London this morning

The Princess of Wales, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte travel along The Mall today

The Princess of Wales, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte travel along The Mall today

The Trooping the Colour parade today which celebrates the official birthday of the monarch

The Trooping the Colour parade today which celebrates the official birthday of the monarch

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on horseback at Trooping the Colour today

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on horseback at Trooping the Colour today

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Soldiers at the Trooping the Colour parade at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Soldiers at the Trooping the Colour parade at Horse Guards Parade in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Trooping the Colour parade today which celebrates the official birthday of the monarch

The Trooping the Colour parade today which celebrates the official birthday of the monarch

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

King Charles arrives for the Trooping the Colour parade in London today

King Charles arrives for the Trooping the Colour parade in London today

Prince George during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

Prince George during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

Members of the military march in heavy rain on The Mall in London this afternoon

Members of the military march in heavy rain on The Mall in London this afternoon

The Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in London today

The Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in London today

Louis, six, was watching the parade intently until his attention turned to what appeared to be a blind cord in the building, and he was also seen yawning.

In addition, Louis could be seen dancing along during the quick march of the Scots Guards to Highland Laddie.

The royal procession then moved back to Buckingham Palace just as heavy rain began falling in central London.

The King and Queen were protected from the downpour in their carriage. George, Charlotte and Louis also stayed dry, in a carriage with Kate.

Charles is Colonel in Chief of the regiments of the Household Division which include the Life Guards, Blues and Royals and all five regiments of Foot Guards – the Welsh, Scots, Irish, Coldstream and Grenadier – on parade for the official birthday, alongside the mounted Band of the Household Cavalry and the massed Foot Guards bands.

The King was seen waving a gloved hand to the crowds gathered to watch the procession. The Queen, wearing a large brimmed hat and seated to his left, was also seen waving.

The military spectacle, also known as the Birthday Parade is a gift from the Household Division, and Charles first attended in 1951, aged three, riding in a carriage with his grandmother, the Queen Mother, and aunt, Princess Margaret, and first rode as Colonel of the Welsh Guards in 1975.

A royal carriage makes its way along Horse Guards Parade in the rain this afternoon

A royal carriage makes its way along Horse Guards Parade in the rain this afternoon

The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis arrive for the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis arrive for the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

The Princess of Wales arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

King Charles and Queen Camilla sit in the Royal Carriage at Horse Guards Parade today

King Charles and Queen Camilla sit in the Royal Carriage at Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the public shelter from the rain during Trooping the Colour this afternoon

 Members of the public shelter from the rain during Trooping the Colour this afternoon

The Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in London today

The Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in London today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales speaks with Prince Louis as they watch Trooping the Colour today

Queen Camilla at Trooping The Colour on Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

Queen Camilla at Trooping The Colour on Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

The Trooping the Colour parade today which celebrates the official birthday of the monarch

The Trooping the Colour parade today which celebrates the official birthday of the monarch

The Princess of Wales arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

King Charles arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

King Charles arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales, shelters from the rain with an umbrella at Horse Guards Parade today

The Princess of Wales, shelters from the rain with an umbrella at Horse Guards Parade today

King Charles arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

King Charles arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

Princess Charlotte at Trooping The Colour in London this morning

Princess Charlotte at Trooping The Colour in London this morning

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Queen Camilla travels along The Mall to the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

Queen Camilla travels along The Mall to the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend Trooping the Colour in London today

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Trooping the Colour is a social as well as a ceremonial occasion and the stands overlooking the parade ground were filled with about 8,000 spouses, girlfriends and parents of the guardsmen and officers on parade.

It featured more than 1,250 soldiers, and hundreds of Guardsmen were lined up on the parade ground waiting to be inspected by the King from his carriage with Camilla, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and joined by the mounted royal Colonels.

The colour, or regimental flag, that will be trooped will be the King’s Colour of number 9 company, Irish Guards.

When the royal carriages finally came to a stop Louis was the first to leave, followed by his elder brother George and sister Charlotte.

Finally, Kate stepped down wearing wearing a Jenny Packham dress, hat by Philip Treacy and the Irish Guards Regimental Brooch, as she is the regiment’s Colonel.

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on Horse Guards Parade in London today

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on Horse Guards Parade in London today

Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Colour on The Mall in London today

Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Colour on The Mall in London today

King Charles arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

King Charles arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Prince William at the Trooping The Colour ceremony in London this morning

Prince William at the Trooping The Colour ceremony in London this morning

The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis of Wales during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales arrives at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour today

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during Trooping The Colour in London this morning

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during Trooping The Colour in London this morning

Princess Anne during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Princess Anne during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade in London today

The Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in London today

The Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in London today

When the inspection of the Guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins began, the King cast his eye over the servicemen who are fighting soldiers when not performing ceremonial duties.

Sat beside him in the carriage was the Queen who wore a pale green silk crepe dress and coat by Anna Valentine, Philip Tracey hat and her Grenadier Guards military brooch.

During the pageantry the colour was first trooped through the ranks of soldiers before the guardsmen marched past the King, first in slow then in quick time with the King acknowledging the command of “eyes right” with a salute.

For the first time in more than 100 years, soldiers on parade were allowed to have beards.

The rule change, which applies across the Army, was approved by the King earlier this year after facial hair was only allowed for religious, medical or role specific reasons.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade  today

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade  today

Lady Louise Windsor attends the Trooping the Colour parade in London today

Lady Louise Windsor attends the Trooping the Colour parade in London today

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on horseback at Trooping the Colour today

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne on horseback at Trooping the Colour today 

Queen Camilla during Trooping The Colour at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Queen Camilla during Trooping The Colour at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (centre) and his wife Akshata Murty (centre right) during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (centre) and his wife Akshata Murty (centre right) during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend Trooping the Colour in London today

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend Trooping the Colour in London today

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Princes Edward and William at the Trooping The Colour ceremony in London this morning

Princes Edward and William at the Trooping The Colour ceremony in London this morning

Prince Louis  looks on during Trooping the Colour in London this morning

Prince Louis  looks on during Trooping the Colour in London this morning

Crowds of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace this morning, with many holding Union flags.

‘There are good days and bad days’: Kate’s statement in full 

Here is the Princess of Wales’ statement on her cancer treatment and summer plans, including Trooping the Colour, in full:

‘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.

‘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.’

Jane Ing, 61, said she had travelled from Yorkshire with her husband and a friend to witness the royal procession through The Mall ahead of the ceremony.

She said: ‘The ceremony is part of our heritage. It’s an iconic parade and exhibition of our royal family that we should be proud about and come to support.’

She added it was ‘lovely’ that Kate announced she will be in attendance.

Political artist Kaya Mar was among spectators gathered to watch the royal procession down The Mall.

The 67-year-old had brought two oil paintings, one of the King and another of the Princess of Wales, her husband and their children.

Mr Mar said: ‘The royal family are like an anchor for uncertain times – especially when you see the mess of politicians.’

He added: ‘They are the only steady political institution amid the turmoil in the United Kingdom and, really, what is the only steady institution for the future of this country?

‘It’s still royalty. They’re harmless. They’re not politicians. Whether you’re right, left, middle, whatever it is, you look up to them.’

The artist said his painting of Kate, which invoked Biblical imagery comparing her to Mary, was intended to poke fun at the ‘religious fervour’ he thought surrounded the birth of her most recent child, Prince Louis, in 2018.

Also today, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: ‘Kate’s appearance today is pivotal as the royal family is much weakened by two senior members fighting cancer. It is especially significant as we have not seen her on an official engagement since December.

‘It is clear, both from the moving video message in March and from the statement released yesterday, that she is resilient.

‘The new photograph emphasises this aspect of her character too, but she is also having an extremely tough time, as those undergoing chemotherapy usually do.

‘The details we were given of her condition are an attempt to help other sufferers from this pernicious disease.

‘There will be considerable speculation as to what events she will be able to attend during the summer. They will have a very special cachet as today’s Birthday Parade will. She is a very special person with a place in all our hearts.’

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend Trooping the Colour in London today

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Queen Camilla during Trooping The Colour at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Queen Camilla during Trooping The Colour at Horse Guards Parade in London today

Queen Camilla leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Queen Camilla leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

The Princess of Wales with her family as they Buckingham Palace in London this morning

The Princess of Wales with her family as they Buckingham Palace in London this morning

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade today

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (centre) and his wife Akshata Murty (centre right) during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (centre) and his wife Akshata Murty (centre right) during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London this morning

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Kate arrives at Horse Guards Parade today as Trooping the Colour takes place

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade today

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

The Princess of Wales leaves Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London today

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade today

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh during Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade today

Last night, Kate issued a candid statement outlining her personal cancer journey and said she is experiencing ‘good days and bad days’ as she undergoes chemotherapy.

But she has begun to work from home, undertaking meetings with her foundation and Kensington Palace team, and hopes ‘to join a few public engagements over the summer’ but stressed ‘I am not out of the woods yet’.

ANALYSIS BY RICHARD FIZWILLIAMS: Kate’s appearance is pivotal

Kate’s appearance today is pivotal as the royal family is much weakened by two senior members fighting cancer. It is especially significant as we have not seen her on an official engagement since December.

It is clear, both from the moving video message in March and from the statement released yesterday, that she is resilient.

The new photograph emphasises this aspect of her character too, but she is also having an extremely tough time, as those undergoing chemotherapy usually do.

The details we were given of her condition are an attempt to help other sufferers from this pernicious disease.

There will be considerable speculation as to what events she will be able to attend during the summer.

They will have a very special cachet as today’s Birthday Parade will. She is a very special person with a place in all our hearts.

The princess has been receiving treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer since late February and her decision to choose a major national event today to return briefly to the public spotlight, the first time since Christmas Day, has been welcomed by the King.

A new photograph of the royal, taken earlier this week in the grounds of the Windsor Castle estate, shows Kate in a smart casual outfit stood in a tranquil setting against a weeping willow tree near a body of water.

She said in her statement: ‘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.’

The princess will be joined by her three children in a carriage for the traditional procession to Trooping the Colour and later they will gather with other royals on Buckingham Palace’s balcony.

Kate said: ‘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.’

The future Queen has received thousands of letters and cards from well-wishers, some sharing their own battles with cancer, and Kate said she had been ‘blown away’ by the ‘kind messages’ that had made a ‘world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times’.

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’.

The Princess of Wales looks out at the rain as she arrives at Buckingham Palace today

The Princess of Wales looks out at the rain as she arrives at Buckingham Palace today

The Princess of Wales with Prince William and their three children in London this morning

The Princess of Wales with Prince William and their three children in London this morning

The King's Guard assemble for the Trooping the Colour parade in London this morning

The King’s Guard assemble for the Trooping the Colour parade in London this morning

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

The Princess of Wales looks out at the rain as she arrives at Buckingham Palace today

The Princess of Wales looks out at the rain as she arrives at Buckingham Palace today

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at Buckingham Palace in London this morning 

The Princess of Wales looks out at the rain as she arrives at Buckingham Palace today

The Princess of Wales looks out at the rain as she arrives at Buckingham Palace today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

George sits between his mother Kate and father Prince William in the car in London today

George sits between his mother Kate and father Prince William in the car in London today

The Princess of Wales arrives at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

The Princess of Wales arrives at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

Lady Louise Windsor with her parents the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh in London today

Lady Louise Windsor with her parents the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh in London today

Princess Charlotte looks out the window as the family arrive at Buckingham Palace today

Princess Charlotte looks out the window as the family arrive at Buckingham Palace today

The Princess of Wales looks out at the rain as she arrives at Buckingham Palace today

The Princess of Wales looks out at the rain as she arrives at Buckingham Palace today

The Band of the Grenadier Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

The Band of the Grenadier Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Guests gather in the stands ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony this morning

Guests gather in the stands ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony this morning

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

The princess’s public appearance at Trooping will be her first official outing of 2024 after she missed engagements at the start of the year when she was admitted to hospital for abdominal surgery on January 16.

Timeline leading up to and after Kate’s cancer diagnosis 

Here is the timeline of events leading up to and after the Princess of Wales’ health announcement in March:

– Monday December 25: In her last public appearance before the news of her hospital treatment, Kate was seen on Christmas Day in Sandringham walking to church with the rest of her family. She held hands with her daughter Princess Charlotte and looked happy and relaxed as she smiled at well-wishers while heading to the service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk.

– Tuesday January 9: Kate turned 42 on January 9, and while the monarchy’s official social media accounts marked the day with a behind-the-scenes photo of Kate at the coronation, there was, unusually, no customary response from Kensington Palace thanking well-wishers for their messages.

– Tuesday January 16: Kate is secretly admitted to The London Clinic and undergoes abdominal surgery. She attends the clinic rather than King Edward VII’s Hospital, which is usually the go-to establishment for royal family medical matters.

– Wednesday January 17: Kensington Palace announces the princess’s operation and says she will remain in the private hospital for 10-14 days. She is not expected to return to duties until after Easter, taking up to three months to recover. The Prince of Wales steps back from his official duties temporarily to care for his wife and children. The exact nature of Kate’s condition is kept private, but it is not cancerous and Kensington Palace says the planned procedure was successful. A source later says the princess is ‘doing well’.

– Thursday January 18: The Prince of Wales spends time at his wife’s bedside, driving himself away from the back entrance during the low-key, private visit. A serious-looking William was seen leaving the The London Clinic at about 12.35pm.

– Tuesday January 23: Kate’s hospital stay passes the one-week mark.

– Friday January 26: The King visits the Princess of Wales after he is admitted to the London Clinic for treatment for an enlarged prostate.

– Monday January 29: Kate leaves the clinic to continue her recovery at home.

– Monday February 5: Kensington Palace confirms the Prince of Wales is returning to official duties that week, beginning with an investiture.

– Wednesday February 7: The Prince of Wales thanked the public for their ‘kind messages of support’ after the King announced his cancer diagnosis, while also recognising those who wished Kate well as she recovered from planned abdominal surgery.

– Monday March 4: The Princess of Wales was photographed for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery. Kate was pictured near Windsor Castle in the passenger seat of a car, according to TMZ. The news site said she was wearing dark sunglasses in the black Audi which was being driven by her mother, Carole Middleton. The photo is understood to have been taken by paparazzi.

Tuesday March 5: The Army removed a claim on its website that the Princess of Wales was reviewing Trooping the Colour in June. Tickets were being sold on the official website for the June 8 military event, advertising an appearance by Kate.

– Sunday March 10: Questions were raised that the first picture of the Princess of Wales to be released after her abdominal surgery may have been manipulated before it was posted on social media by Kensington Palace. The photo of Kate and her children, said by the palace to have been taken by the Prince of Wales in Windsor earlier in the week, was posted to mark Mother’s Day. In the post, she said: ‘Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. C.’ The picture shows Kate sitting in a chair with her arms around Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who are on either side of her, with Prince George standing behind, as all four smile at the camera. The photograph was shared with the media on Sunday but it was withdrawn by international picture agencies later the same day because of concerns that the image had been manipulated.

– Monday March 11: The Princess of Wales publicly took the blame for the manipulated photograph and issued a personal apology for the ‘confusion’. Kate said: ‘Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day. C.’

– Saturday March 16: The Princess of Wales was filmed smiling with her husband during a visit to a farm shop in Windsor. Kate’s recovery from surgery appeared to have progressed after footage obtained by The Sun showed her and William at the local business. In the video the princess can be seen with her hair down, wearing a black jacket and leggings, chatting with William and carrying a large white bag.

– Tuesday March 19: An investigation was reportedly launched at the London Clinic over claims staff tried to access the Princess of Wales’s private medical records. At least one member of staff tried to access Kate’s notes while she was a patient at the hospital in January, The Mirror reported. The UK privacy and data protection watchdog said it had received a breach report.

– Friday March 22: In a recorded video message, the Princess of Wales announced she was having chemotherapy after tests following her surgery found cancer had been present.

– Thursday April 18: William, who had spent the previous three and a half weeks with Kate and their children during the Easter holidays, returned to public work. He visited Surplus to Supper, a surplus food redistribution charity, in Sunbury-on-Thames, and then a youth centre in west London which benefits from the organisation’s regular deliveries.

– Friday May 10: The Prince of Wales gave a positive update about his wife’s cancer treatment during a visit to the Isles of Scilly, saying ‘she’s doing well’ when asked by a hospital administrator.

– Wednesday June 5: Footage posted on social media site X, formerly Twitter, showed William speaking to a veteran after a D-Day commemorative event in Portsmouth, in which he appeared to say ‘she is’ when asked if Kate was ‘getting any better’, with the prince adding: ‘She’d love to be here today.’

– Saturday June 8: The Princess of Wales wrote a letter to the Irish Guards to apologise for not being able to take the salute, and wished them luck for The Colonel’s Review in London.

– Friday June 14: Kate said in a statement that she is ‘making good progress’ and has ‘good days and bad days’, adding: ‘I am not out of the woods yet.’ She said she will attend Trooping the Colour in London on Saturday and that she ‘hopes to join a few public engagements over the summer’ as she continues treatment ‘for a few more months’.

At the time her condition was thought to be non-cancerous but tests after the successful operation found the disease, and Kate disclosed the medical development in an emotional video released in March.

Trooping will not mark the start of a return to full-time duties, and Kate has no plans to attend the Garter Day service on Monday or Royal Ascot, as she is still undergoing treatment, with the royal appearing to indicate in her statement it will last until the end of summer.

Chemotherapy can be used even when surgeons believe they have removed all the cancer, owing to the risk the disease might come back, and it can reduce the chances of a new cancer.

Kate has been holding meetings with her palace staff, the Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales and her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which in the future will be noted in the Court Circular, the official record of royal events.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: ‘The prince is pleased to see the princess starting to engage with the work and projects that are important to her.

‘He will continue to focus his time on supporting his wife and children, while continuing to undertake his public duties.’

A time frame has not been set for Kate’s return to a full schedule of public engagements as she is being given time to convalesce and recover before full-time work.

Trooping will be a special event for the princess as Number 9 Company, Irish Guards, a regiment she represents as Colonel, will be Trooping their King’s Colour today, but Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall will take the salute on her behalf.

The King, who is also undergoing cancer treatment, will not ride during the ceremony but will inspect the troops formed up in Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall from a carriage.

Meanwhile Rishi Sunak has said it is ‘wonderful news’ that Kate is attending the event.

During a press conference at the G7 in Italy, he said: ‘It’s obviously wonderful, wonderful news. The whole country will be behind the Princess of Wales for her recovery.

‘I saw her statement earlier, I thought it was brave, I thought it was honest and I’m sure it will bring an enormous amount of comfort to so many other people who are grappling with similar health challenges, so I think she deserves enormous praise for what she said and it will be great to see her there tomorrow.’

Meanwhile a ‘substantial’ policing operation will be in place during Trooping the Colour, with an anti-monarchy group banned from using amplified sound.

Hundreds of Metropolitan Police officers will be deployed along the ceremonial route to ensure the safety and security of attendees amid a planned demonstration by pressure group Republic.

Scotland Yard has imposed a condition under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 prohibiting protesters from using systems to amplify sound ‘within the footprint’ of Trooping the Colour between 8am and 3pm.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said: ‘Trooping the Colour holds national significance and as you would expect with this ceremonial event there is a substantial security operation to ensure everyone who attends and participates can do so in a safe and secure way.

‘Alongside colleagues at the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Parks, our policing plan has focused on achieving this aim.’

He added: ‘It’s imperative this event is safe, which is why along with our partners we have considered factors, such as how amplified noise could disrupt and impact mounted regiments taking part.

‘We have also taken into account the views of Republic. Our concern, along with partners, is that amplified noise could cause a public safety issue and serious disruption to the event and crowds attending.

‘That is why the Met has taken a considered decision to impose a condition prohibiting amplified sound.’

Republic, which campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy and its replacement with a directly elected head of state, said the protest will go ahead without amplified sound.

Chief executive Graham Smith said: ‘We don’t agree with their reasons but we have to go along with it because otherwise we’ll be arrested.

‘It isn’t a big problem, we’ve got quite loud voices.’

The latest update on Kate comes after her video statement revealing her diagnosis back in March.

In that announcement, Kate highlighted the importance of giving her children – George, Charlotte and Louis – time and space to come to terms with their mother’s illness.

The princess’ major public project is supporting the early years development of children, and last year she launched her long-term campaign Shaping Us, described as her ‘life’s work’ and aimed at highlighting the crucial first five years of a child’s life.

Kate has carefully carved out this public role focusing on the wellbeing of children and mental health since marrying the Prince of Wales in 2011 and becoming an HRH.

She remains close to her parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa Matthews and James Middleton, and had a happy home life growing up.

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born to the Middletons at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on January 9 1982.

She was christened at the parish church of St Andrew’s Bradfield in Berkshire on June 20 the same year.

Amman in Jordan was home to Kate and her family for a few years in the mid-1980s, where she attended a nursery school from the age of three, before the family returned to Berkshire.

At 13, she went to the exclusive private Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where she part-boarded.

She graduated in 2005 with a 2:1 in history of art from St Andrews University, where she met and began dating William, whom she married at Westminster Abbey in 2011.

She was dubbed ‘Waity Katie’ by the press for her patience during their long courtship, and was described by William in their engagement interview as having ‘a really naughty sense of humour’.

A keen photographer, the princess usually takes the publicly released photos of her children to mark their birthdays.

Kate is also known for being fit, sporty and competitive at team games and even enjoys the thrill of cold water swimming.

In an interview last September with former rugby international Mike Tindall, who is married to her husband’s cousin Zara, she said her family were ‘always active’.

‘I suppose as a family we were just very active,’ she said ‘And I can always remember being physical, using our bodies, whether it’s walking, climbing the lake district in Scotland… swimming from a young age.’

Kate also spoke about the attraction of a chilly dip: ‘Cold swimming – the colder, the better. I absolutely love it. Slightly to the point where William’s (saying) ‘You’re crazy’ and it’s dark and it’s raining’. I will go and seek out cold water. I love it.’

The Irish Guards mascot, an Irish Wolf Hound named Turlough Mor but affectionately known as Seamus, is led across the square by a scarlet-coated drummer at Trooping the Colour today

The Irish Guards mascot, an Irish Wolf Hound named Turlough Mor but affectionately known as Seamus, is led across the square by a scarlet-coated drummer at Trooping the Colour today

Prince Louis looks out from the window of the car as the family enter Buckingham Palace today

Prince Louis looks out from the window of the car as the family enter Buckingham Palace today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

The Princess of Wales with Prince William and their three children in London this morning

The Princess of Wales with Prince William and their three children in London this morning

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Prince Louis looks out from the window of the car as the family enter Buckingham Palace today

Prince Louis looks out from the window of the car as the family enter Buckingham Palace today

Protesters and royal fans hold umbrellas on the The Mall before Trooping the Colour today

Protesters and royal fans hold umbrellas on the The Mall before Trooping the Colour today

The Princess of Wales with Prince William and their three children in London this morning

The Princess of Wales with Prince William and their three children in London this morning

Soldiers march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade in London today

Soldiers march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade in London today

Prince Louis looks out from the window of the car as the family enter Buckingham Palace today

Prince Louis looks out from the window of the car as the family enter Buckingham Palace today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

The Princess of Wales with Prince William and their three children in London this morning

The Princess of Wales with Prince William and their three children in London this morning

Royal fans try to take cover from the rain ahead of Trooping the Colour in London today

Royal fans try to take cover from the rain ahead of Trooping the Colour in London today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Lady Louise Windsor with her parents the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh in London today

Lady Louise Windsor with her parents the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh in London today

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps (right) at the Trooping the Colour parade in London today

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps (right) at the Trooping the Colour parade in London today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Members of the public gather on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Royal fans stand on The Mall in London ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Royal fans stand on The Mall in London ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Kate was initially admitted to hospital for abdominal surgery on January 16 and at the time her condition was thought to be non-cancerous, but cancer was found after a successful operation.

Kate has been receiving regular doses of drugs, which kill existing cancer cells and can help prevent the disease returning, with her chemotherapy treatment believed to have begun in late February.

The princess was diagnosed after a major abdominal operation in January, and it was initially thought she did not have the disease, but tests after surgery found cancer had been present.

Chemotherapy can be used even when surgeons believe they have removed all the cancer, because of the risk the disease might come back, and it can reduce the chances of a new cancer.

Professor Bob Phillips, professor of paediatric oncology at the University of York, said: ‘For some types of cancers, chemotherapy can be given after, to act to ‘mop up’ if there are any cancer cells left.

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Royal fans try to take cover from the rain ahead of Trooping the Colour in London today

Royal fans try to take cover from the rain ahead of Trooping the Colour in London today

Soldiers during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

Soldiers during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in London this morning

Protesters and royal fans hold umbrellas on the The Mall before Trooping the Colour today

Protesters and royal fans hold umbrellas on the The Mall before Trooping the Colour today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Royal fans shelter under umbrellas as rain falls while they wait for the parade in London today

Royal fans shelter under umbrellas as rain falls while they wait for the parade in London today

Royal fans on the The Mall in London this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Royal fans on the The Mall in London this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony 

Royal fans stand on The Mall in London ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Royal fans stand on The Mall in London ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Protesters wave banners on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

Protesters wave banners on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

Royal fans on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony this morning

Royal fans on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony this morning

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade today

Police on horseback down The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour in London today

 Police on horseback down The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour in London today

Royal fans on the The Mall with a cardboard cutout of the Princess of Wales this morning

Royal fans on the The Mall with a cardboard cutout of the Princess of Wales this morning

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

A team of police officers on patrol in London this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour

A team of police officers on patrol in London this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Police look on as anti-monarchist protesters wave flags next to royal fans in London today

Police look on as anti-monarchist protesters wave flags next to royal fans in London today

‘The value of this varies between cancer types, and even the size and place of the same cancer type.’

Prof Andrew Beggs, consultant colorectal surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, echoed Prof Phillips’ comments, saying preventive chemotherapy was ‘a bit like mopping a floor with bleach when you’ve spilt something on it, chemotherapy kills any spilt cells’.

There are many different types of chemotherapy drugs and patients can take the treatment via tablets at home, with regular check-ups from medical staff, or intravenously, with the liquid drug fed into the body through a vein during an outpatient hospital appointment.

Chemotherapy can also be combined with other treatments like radiotherapy to make them more effective, and the length of treatment depends on the stage and type of cancer.

A stunning new portrait of the Princess of Wales taken at Windsor this week by Matt Porteous

A stunning new portrait of the Princess of Wales taken at Windsor this week by Matt Porteous

The photograph was taken by Matt Porteous, a favourite private photographer of the couple

The photograph was taken by Matt Porteous, a favourite private photographer of the couple

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

A general view of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London this morning

A general view of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour in London this morning

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Protesters and royal fans hold umbrellas on the The Mall before Trooping the Colour today

Protesters and royal fans hold umbrellas on the The Mall before Trooping the Colour today

Royal fans stand on The Mall in London ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Royal fans stand on The Mall in London ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Prof Phillips said the timeframe for chemotherapy treatment was ‘hugely variable’, adding that it was ‘traditionally between four and six ‘cycles’ (blocks) of chemo, each cycle lasting 21 days and consisting of a day or few days of chemo’.

He added there would then be ‘time for the body to recover from it, while the chemo keeps damaging the cancer cell.

‘There are also some which are daily, some which are four-weekly and some which are two-weekly’.

The treatment has side effects, as healthy cells are damaged alongside cancer cells, and patients can experience tiredness, vomiting, hair loss and have an increased risk of getting infections, dry, sore or itchy skin and bowel issues.

More than 375,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK, and there are more than 167,000 deaths from the disease.

Half of people with cancer survive for a decade or longer after diagnosis. Cancer survival depends on the cancer type and whether the disease is caught early.

Royal fans on the The Mall with a cardboard cutout of the Princess of Wales this morning

Royal fans on the The Mall with a cardboard cutout of the Princess of Wales this morning 

Protesters from the Republic group with a flag saying 'Not My King' in Westminster today

Protesters from the Republic group with a flag saying ‘Not My King’ in Westminster today

Royal fans stand on The Mall in London ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Royal fans stand on The Mall in London ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

A team of police officers on patrol in Westminster this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour

A team of police officers on patrol in Westminster this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour 

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

Republic protesters hold up placards on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour this morning

The Royal Standard flag flies above Buckingham Palace as police watch the crowds today

The Royal Standard flag flies above Buckingham Palace as police watch the crowds today

Protesters wave banners on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

Protesters wave banners on the The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning in front of 'Not My King' protest flags

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning in front of ‘Not My King’ protest flags

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

A general view of The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

A general view of The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony today

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

A Metropolitan Police van outside Buckingham Palace today before Trooping the Colour

A Metropolitan Police van outside Buckingham Palace today before Trooping the Colour 

A mounted police officer speaks to royal fans on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour today

A mounted police officer speaks to royal fans on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour today

Royal fan Minerva Halil stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Minerva Halil stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today 

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning in front of 'Not My King' protest flags

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning in front of ‘Not My King’ protest flags

Police look on as anti-monarchist protesters wave flags next to royal fans in London today

Police look on as anti-monarchist protesters wave flags next to royal fans in London today

Buckingham Palace is pictured this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Buckingham Palace is pictured this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony 

Royal fans on the The Mall with a cardboard cutout of King Charles III this morning

Royal fans on the The Mall with a cardboard cutout of King Charles III this morning

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, followed by prostate cancer, lung cancer and bowel cancer.

Asked whether age was a factor in survival rates and the success of chemotherapy treatment, Prof Phillips said: ‘Sort of, but not in a simple way.

‘Generally speaking, the healthier someone is before cancer treatment, the closer to optimal the amount of chemo and the gaps between chemo can be.

‘Generally, the younger someone is, the healthier they will be.’

Prof Beggs said: ‘Young onset cancer is by no means rare. I run a clinic for early-onset cancer in adults and we are seeing more and more people in their 40s with cancer.’

He went on: ‘Age has no effect on the success rate of chemotherapy except when the cancers are ‘immune hot’, which are commoner in young people, in this case a type of chemotherapy called immunotherapy could be given.

Royal fans start to gather on The Mall in London this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour

Royal fans start to gather on The Mall in London this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour 

Police look on as anti-monarchist protesters wave flags next to royal fans in London today

Police look on as anti-monarchist protesters wave flags next to royal fans in London today

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Staff lay more gravel of the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in preparation this morning

Staff lay more gravel of the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in preparation this morning

 

A workman cleans the central gates to Buckingham Palace ahead ofTrooping the Colour today

A workman cleans the central gates to Buckingham Palace ahead ofTrooping the Colour today

Royal fans on the The Mall in London this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Royal fans on the The Mall in London this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today 

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning in front of 'Not My King' protest flags

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning in front of ‘Not My King’ protest flags

Royal fans on the The Mall in London this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Royal fans on the The Mall in London this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

A team of police officers on patrol in Westminster this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour

A team of police officers on patrol in Westminster this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall in London this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Royal fans on the The Mall in London this morning ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Protesters from the Republic group with a flag saying 'Not My King' in Westminster today

Protesters from the Republic group with a flag saying ‘Not My King’ in Westminster today

Republic demonstrators said in a post on X today: 'It¿s a lovely sunny day (so far) for a protest!'

Republic demonstrators said in a post on X today: ‘It’s a lovely sunny day (so far) for a protest!’

‘Young people also better tolerate higher doses of chemotherapy and so can be given stronger regimens that are more likely to kill any leftover cells.’

Last Saturday, Kate wrote a letter to the Irish Guards to apologise for not being able to take the salute and wish them luck for The Colonel’s Review in London.

The Prince of Wales gave a positive update about his wife’s treatment during a visit to the Isles of Scilly in May, saying ‘she’s doing well’ when asked by a hospital administrator.

William spent a number of weeks with Kate and their children during the Easter holidays before returning to public work in mid-April.

Charles was admitted to hospital just days after Kate, also for a procedure deemed unrelated to cancer.

In February, Buckingham Palace confirmed that he had been diagnosed with a form of cancer, which is not prostate cancer, that was discovered while the King was being treated at the private London Clinic for an enlarged prostate.

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today 

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour 

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fan Minerva Halil stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Minerva Halil stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

A police dog with a handler on patrol in London this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour

A police dog with a handler on patrol in London this morning ahead of Trooping The Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts ahead of Trooping the Colour today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts ahead of Trooping the Colour today

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fan Minerva Halil stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Minerva Halil stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Royal fans on the The Mall with cardboard cutouts of the Princess of Wales and the King today

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Preparations on the Buckingham Palace balcony this morning before Trooping The Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

Royal fan Joseph Afrane stands on The Mall this morning ahead of Trooping the Colour

In wishing the monarch a full recovery, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said thankfully the cancer had been ‘caught early’.

Charles initially postponed public-facing duties but resumed at the end of April, speaking of his ‘shock’ at being diagnosed with cancer as he met patients on a visit to University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in central London.

His appearance at a D-Day event in Portsmouth last week was his first public speech and most high-profile appearance since his cancer diagnosis.

The Queen provided an update on her husband’s health at the Queen’s Reading Room Literary Festival at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey last Saturday, telling author Lee Child the King is ‘doing fine’ but ‘won’t slow down and won’t do what he’s told’.

Sarah, Duchess of York announced a medical procedure at the beginning of 2024, when she revealed a diagnosis of malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

A statement from the Princess of Wales which was issued by Kensington Palace yesterday

A statement from the Princess of Wales which was issued by Kensington Palace yesterday

It was her second cancer diagnosis within a year, having been diagnosed with breast cancer the summer before, which led to her undergoing a mastectomy and subsequent reconstructive surgery.

She had discovered an early form of breast cancer during a routine mammogram screening.

‘Naturally another cancer diagnosis has been a shock, but I’m in good spirits and grateful for the many messages of love and support,’ Sarah said on Instagram.

Princess Beatrice shared an update on her mother’s health on This Morning in May when she said the duchess was ‘all clear’ and ‘doing really well’.

In late February, tragedy befell Prince Michael of Kent’s family when Thomas Kingston, the husband of Prince Michael’s daughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, died from a ‘catastrophic head injury’ with a gun found close to his body.

For many years, it was the estrangement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that dominated discourse around the royal family after the pair stepped down as working royals in 2020.

2023 -- (From left) Prince George, Kate, Prince Louis, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, King Charles and Queen Camilla at Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023

2023 — (From left) Prince George, Kate, Prince Louis, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, King Charles and Queen Camilla at Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023

2022 -- William, Kate and their children attend Trooping the Colour in London on June 2, 2022

2022 — William, Kate and their children attend Trooping the Colour in London on June 2, 2022

2021 -- Trooping the Colour was held at Windsor Castle in front of the Queen on June 12, 2021

2021 — Trooping the Colour was held at Windsor Castle in front of the Queen on June 12, 2021 

2019 -- William and Kate at Trooping the Colour with their children in London on June 8, 2019

2019 — William and Kate at Trooping the Colour with their children in London on June 8, 2019

2017 -- Philip speaks to William and Kate at Trooping The Colour in London on June 17, 2017

2017 — Philip speaks to William and Kate at Trooping The Colour in London on June 17, 2017

Having relocated to Montecito, California, Harry has returned to the UK infrequently but did so after the King’s cancer diagnosis.

Though the duke only conducted a whirlwind 45-minute meeting with his father, Harry suggested that the King’s cancer diagnosis could lead to a reconciliation with the family.

Asked by a US breakfast show if the diagnosis could have a ‘reunifying effect’, the duke replied: ‘Yeah, I am sure.’

In May, a spokesperson for Harry said he ‘hopes’ to see his father ‘soon’ after the King’s ‘full programme’ meant a reunion was not possible during the duke’s UK trip to celebrate his Invictus Games.

Meanwhile, leading cancer charities have praised Kate for her ‘thoughtful words’ that will ‘resonate’ with many.

A Macmillan Cancer Support spokesperson said: ‘Her Royal Highness, The Princess of Wales’ thoughtful words on her treatment experience will resonate with, and provide inspiration for, so many people with cancer who are in a similar situation.

March 22 -- Kate reveals in a video that she is undergoing preventative chemotherapy

March 22 — Kate reveals in a video that she is undergoing preventative chemotherapy

‘For many people, managing the effects of cancer treatment can be challenging. Day in day out we hear from people about the impact treatment is having on their emotional wellbeing, as well as the physical symptoms and side effects they are experiencing, such as tiredness, insomnia, nausea and more.’

Dame Laura Lee, chief executive of cancer support charity Maggie’s, of which the Queen is president, said: ‘It’s wonderful that Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales feels well enough to be at Trooping the Colour.

‘Her statement echoes precisely what we hear in our centres every day – that with cancer there are good days and bad days, and no two experiences of cancer are ever the same.

‘Her comment that it is important to go with how you feel each day is absolutely true and I am sure that will resonate with a huge number of people living with cancer.’

Kate announced she was having chemotherapy in a recorded video message on March 22, after tests following her surgery found cancer had been present.

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