Kate Middleton makes public return at King Charles’ birthday parade after cancer update

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LONDON — It’s King Charles IIIs official birthday, but all eyes are on Kate, the Princess of Wales.

Kate, 42, made her return to the public eye Saturday after sharing an update on her cancer treatment. She announced Friday that she would attend the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London for her first official public appearance since she revealed the diagnosis earlier this year.

On a drizzling Saturday morning in London, Kate was seen smiling in a horse-drawn carriage with her three children as the procession made its way from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Parade. Prince Louis, 6, was captured waving to the crowds from the carriage window.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, attending the Trooping the Colour military parade in London. Her first public appearance has been highly anticipated since she announced her cancer diagnosis earlier this year. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP – Getty Images

The annual military ceremony celebrates the British monarch’s official birthday, with Charles also in attendance after his cancer diagnosis.

In her personal statement on Friday, Kate wrote she was “not out of the woods yet” and that she had “good days and bad days.” She said she was “making good progress,” but that her treatment would continue for a few more months.

Her attendance at Saturday’s parade was seen as a significant positive step after a monthslong absence that fueled widespread speculation.

Kate and Prince William’s children, George, 10, Charlotte, 8, and Louis, 5, have also largely been out of the public eye in recent months. They joined her at Saturday’s event, arriving with her in a carriage down the Mall before watching alongside her on the Horse Guards Parade grounds and then making a royal balcony appearance.

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Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George during the carriage procession. Along with their mother, the children have also largely been out of the public eye in recent months.Chris Jackson / Getty Images

The family traditionally gathers on the balcony at the end of each year’s event to watch a flyover by the Royal Air Force.

The event in central London saw Charles carry out the review of the guardsmen and officers from a carriage alongside Queen Camilla, rather than on horseback as he did last year. The King received a royal salute from service members outside London’s Horse Guards Parade as the British national anthem blared over speakers.

By inspecting the troops on horseback at his first official birthday parade last year, Charles revived a tradition that his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, gave up in 1986 when she was 60.

This year, William will be on horseback.

Also known as the King’s Birthday Parade, the ceremony has been an annual event since 1760. It is the British military’s annual tribute to the monarch and marks their official birthday.

Charles’ actual birthday is Nov. 14.

The traditional show of military pomp and pageantry will feature soldiers marching in scarlet coats and bearskin fur hats accompanied by music played by military bands.

Among the 242 horses due to take part in this year’s event will be three members of the Household Cavalry that were injured after being spooked by noise in London earlier this year.

Royal fans hold up cut-out pictures of King Charles and Kate, as they gather in the Mall ahead of the start of the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday.Alberto Pezzali / AP

Charles, who himself was diagnosed with cancer in February, has also been undergoing treatment. Doctors discovered the disease after he was hospitalized with an enlarged prostate, although the palace has said that he does not have prostate cancer.

Both Charles and Kate have declined to specify what type of cancer they have or details about their prognoses.

The 75-year-old monarch has attended several engagements since he resumed public duties last month, including D-Day memorial services in France.

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