Kate Middleton won't attend Trooping the Colour rehearsal amid cancer treatment


Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Princess of Wales will not be taking the salute at the Colonel’s Review on Saturday, 8 June, the traditional rehearsal for Trooping the Colour.

While the Princess' attendance at the actual event on 15 June remains unconfirmed, Kate would have a significant role this year as the Irish Guards, of which she is Colonel, are trooping their Regimental Colour in front of the King.

Buckingham Palace has also said that King Charles will use a carriage to take the salute during the annual birthday parade for the first time, rather than ride in the procession.

Princess Kate will be represented by General James Bucknall K.C.B., C.V.O as he will carry out the role of Inspecting Officer on her behalf.

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The Princess of Wales will not attend the rehearsal for Trooping the Colour -Credit:PA

The update comes after it emerged that Kate has reportedly been enjoying days "out and about" with her family in recent weeks as she continues to undergo treatment for cancer.

According to the Daily Mail, the news about the princess venturing out has been viewed as a positive sign and comes as palace officials have said they have been inundated with "tens of thousands'" of get-well-soon cards after her cancer diagnosis.

While Kate's involvement in Trooping the Colour is unknown, it is still expected that other members of the Royal Family will carry out their traditional roles.

The Prince of Wales, as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, takes the salute after the Colonel's Review earlier this year
The Prince of Wales, as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, takes the salute after the Colonel's Review last year -Credit:2023 Max Mumby/Indigo

The Prince of Wales plays a major role on the day as he rides in the parade along with the Princess Royal and the Duke of Edinburgh as the Colonel of the Welsh Guards.

During the parade last year, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis accompanied Queen Camilla and their mother in a carriage from Buckingham Palace dressed in matching red outfits and watched the spectacle from the Duke of Wellington's office on Horse Guards.

They then returned to the palace with their family to watch the RAF flypast from the balcony.

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Trooping the Colour is also known as The King's Birthday Parade -Credit:Getty

Also known as The King’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour marks the official birthday of the sovereign, rather than their actual birthday, which in King Charles’ case falls on November 14.

While it was previously performed during the reign of King Charles II, it became an annual event in 1760, after the accession of King George III.

The term 'Trooping the Colour' refers to the act of parading the flag of that year’s chosen regiment. It is the turn of the Irish Guards at this year's parade who have the Princess of Wales as their Colonel.