Kate Middleton considers Trooping the Colour appearance amid cancer treatment

Kate with Princess Anne, Prince William and her children on the Buckingham Palace balcony after Trooping the Colour 2023
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Kate Middleton could still make a surprise appearance at the King's official birthday festivities. Even as she undergoes preventative cancer treatment, the 42 year old Royal is thought to be weighing up joining the Buckingham Palace balcony spectacle post-Trooping the Colour ceremony if she feels up to it.

However, Kensington Palace confirmed yesterday that she wouldn't be actively participating in the final dress rehearsal leading up to the King's birthday bash on June 8, but didn't entirely dismiss her showing up at the main event the following week.

Typically, as the colonel-in-chief of the Irish Guards, Kate would honour The Colonel's Review by saluting at the event. This second instalment of the ticketed Trooping the Colour series kicks off today with The Major General's Review at Horse Guards Parade.

However, insiders at the palace maintain that her resumption of official duties won't occur until physicians provide a clean bill of health and any attendance at Royal happenings will be hit-and-miss. King Charles, who himself is undergoing treatment for cancer, has affirmed his presence at his capital city based birthday celebrations.

Instead of horse-riding inspection of the troops, the King will travel in an Ascot Landau carriage alongside Queen Camilla. Palace insiders suggest this modification aligns with the palace's advice: that the Kings working comeback should be "carefully reviewed" across each official encounter, reports the Mirror.

Charles has been openly chatting about his journey to recovery in public engagements recently, but details regarding the Princess of Wales's health are being kept quiet. Whilst visiting St Mary's Community Hospital on the Isles of Scilly earlier this month, Prince William gave a bit of a heads up, saying Kate was "doing well".

Each year, the Trooping the Colour ceremony is held as an official celebration of the King's birthday, even if Charles's real birthday falls on November 14. It is said that like last year, it'll be the working members of the family attending.

This means a no-show on the Palace balcony for family members such as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice or Lady Louise Windsor and James, the children of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, both aged 20 and 16 respectively.

Although the annual spectacle is usually a highlight of the royal calendar for many fans, anti-monarchy campaigners have also planned a gathering outside Buckingham Palace right during the traditional ceremony. Spokesman for the Republic group, Graham Smith said: "Rather than having the parade to celebrate Charles's birthday, why not use the moment to celebrate the service given by our armed forces? ".