'Kate Middleton faces an ordeal at Trooping the Colour – but she's doing it for royal children'

Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince William
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Kate Middleton faces a "difficult" day as she's set to attend the Trooping the Colour parade - but she's doing it for her children, according to a royal expert.

The Princess of Wales, 42, will join her family on Saturday, 15 June alongside the Royal Family as they celebrate King Charles' official birthday in London, despite still receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

But she wants to be there to support her three children - Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, nine, and Prince Louis, six, former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond exclusively told OK!.

"I think she’ll feel that this is another milestone on a difficult and lengthy journey. And that must give her a sense of achievement… she’s not out of the woods, but she is clearly on the right path," said Jennie.

Royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Kate was not expected to attend this year's celebration -Credit:Getty

"Events like this are still a big deal, and perhaps a bit of an ordeal, for her little family. The children need their mum alongside to encourage, guide and support them as thousands of people gawp at them, and millions more watch on TV."

Jennie explained that Kate's presence is particularly important as Prince William, 41, has a role in the parade that means he can't accompany their children in the horse-drawn carriage.

"With Dad on horseback, they would cut a rather forlorn picture alone in a carriage, or with a cousin or stand in parent. So I’m sure Catherine will feel thrilled that she is strong enough to be with them on a big day. It’s certainly not the end of this cancer journey, but it shows she really is making progress and intends to be back as soon as her body allows."

Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
The event is very important to the Royal Family -Credit:Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Kate has not been seen in public with the rest of the Royal Family since Christmas Day last year at Sandringham.

King Charles will undoubtedly be thrilled that his "darling daughter-in-law" will be by his side to celebrate the occasion, in what Jennie says will be "the best birthday present of all".

She explained: "Catherine’s presence at one of the keynote events of the royal calendar is significant on many levels. People have often talked about petty jealousies between the households, but the King has made it clear he’s delighted that Catherine can take part in the Trooping.

King Charles and Kate Middleton
Kate has a close bond with the King -Credit:Getty

"I think this is great. It’s the King’s big day, but he is obviously thrilled to have Catherine alongside. It’s probably the best birthday present of all. And it is also a signal that the monarchy is strong. It’s been a tough few months, but they are getting through it - side by side."

Updating the public on Friday, Kate thanked royal fans for the outpouring of support, saying she had been "blown away". However, the mum of three cautioned she was "not out of the woods" and would be in treatment for "a few more months". She also addressed the difficult experience of chemo, saying she had both good and bad days.

The Princess explained: "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. 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."

Kate Middleton stands under a tree in a new picture
A beautiful new picture has been released of Kate Middleton, which was taken by Matt Porteous earlier this week in Windsor -Credit:Matt Porteous

Kate said she was I’m looking forward to attending Trooping Of The Colour with her family, and would also be planning to attend several more events this summer. However she cautioned: "I am not out of the woods yet."

She explained: "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."

On Friday evening, King Charles' spokesman has shared that His Majesty is 'delighted' by news that the Princess Of Wales will join her family at Trooping the Colour.

In a 24 word statement, the King celebrated his daughter-in-law's decision to join his official birthday celebrations in London. A Buckingham Palace spokesman 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".