Princess Catherine’s attendance at Trooping the Colour appears ‘incredibly unlikely’

Jun 14, 2024
Despite rumours that Catherine might join the Royal Family for a brief appearance on the Palace balcony during the historic ceremony, there are several reasons why this is unlikely to happen. Source: Getty Images.

Royal watchers are undoubtedly hoping that the beloved Princess Catherine will make a public appearance at this year’s Trooping the Colour, but experts believe her attendance is “incredibly unlikely.”

Despite rumours that Catherine might join the Royal Family for a brief appearance on the Palace balcony during the historic ceremony, GB News Royal Correspondent Cameron Walker has cited several reasons why this is unlikely to happen.

“Kensington Palace has not ruled out a balcony appearance, but I think it’s incredibly unlikely,” he said.

“The reason being, it’s the King’s birthday parade and I think if she did appear on the balcony, it would upstage that event.

“Kensington Palace have always said that they will provide an update when there is one. The princess herself has asked for the space and the privacy to recover, and I think speculation kind of puts unnecessary pressure on her.

“At the end of the day, she’s a human being and I think she’s clearly been through a lot since January, a lot of us would say we need to respect her wishes.”

The Princess of Wales has already withdrawn from a key royal event leading up to the Trooping the Colour: The Colonel’s Review.

Catherine recently broke her silence regarding her absence from the significant event in a heartfelt letter to the Irish Guards.

In the letter, she expressed her apologies for not being able to take the salute and extended her best wishes for The Colonel’s Review in London.

Held a week before the Trooping the Colour parade, which has celebrated the sovereign’s birthday for over 260 years, The Colonel’s Review is a major military event.

Catherine, who serves as the regiment’s colonel, expressed her pride in her position, stating that it “remains an honour”, and conveyed her regret at not being able to attend.

“I wanted to write to you to let you know how proud I am of the entire regiment ahead of the Colonel’s Review and Trooping the Colour,” the letter read.

“I appreciate everyone trooping the colour this year has been practising for months, and dedicating many hours to ensuring their uniforms and drill are immaculate.

“Being your colonel remains an honour, and I am very sorry that I’m unable to take the salute at this year’s Colonel’s Review.”

Catherine stepped away from public duties after she released an emotional video message earlier this year in which she revealed her cancer diagnosis.

During the video message, Catherine opened up about her deeply personal journey while addressing the speculation surrounding her health.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding whilst I have been recovering from surgery,” she began.

“It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I’ve had a fantastic medical team who have taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous. The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present. My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy, and I am now in the early stages of that treatment.

“This of course came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family.

“As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment. But, most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be OK.

“As I have said to them: I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal, in my mind, body and spirits.

“Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance, too. As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.

“We hope that you will understand that, as a family, we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment. My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy, and I look forward to being back when I am able. But for now I must focus on making a full recovery.

“At this time, I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone.”

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