Prince William Releases a Heartfelt Statement About Princess Kate’s Trooping the Colour Appearance and Brief Return to Public Duty

William has been his wife’s steadfast and constant support during her cancer treatment.

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In her June 14 statement announcing that she would attend the next day’s Trooping the Colour—which marks her first public appearance since Christmas Day 2023, when she attended the traditional Christmas church service at St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate alongside the rest of the royal family—the Princess of Wales specifically mentioned her husband, Prince William, saying that she has “been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months,” she wrote. “It really has made the world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times.” 

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Kate at today's Trooping the Colour, her first public appearance in nearly six months.

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In response to Kate’s statement, Kensington Palace said of the Prince of Wales that “The Prince is pleased to see The Princess starting to engage with the work and projects that are important to her,” a spokesperson said, per People. “He will continue to focus his time on supporting his wife and children while continuing to undertake his public duties.”

Following the aforementioned Christmas Day service, Kate underwent a planned abdominal surgery on January 16, which ultimately detected cancer. Kate is believed to have received that diagnosis in February, and announced it to the world in a brave video message shared on March 22. It remains unknown what type and stage of cancer she has been diagnosed with.

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William and Kate's relationship has never been stronger, multiple outlets report, as she faces a cancer diagnosis; he has made his wife and his family his utmost priority during this tumultuous time. 

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The week prior to Kate returning to public life—at least in brief, as her full return-to-work date remains unknown and will depend on Kate getting the green light from her medical team—William once again showed that his wife was never far from his mind: on June 5, at a D-Day commemoration event in Portsmouth, England, William indicated that the Princess of Wales’ treatment was moving in a positive direction. When asked how she was doing, William said she was “getting better” and that she would have “loved” to have joined him at the event marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Newsweek reports. 

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William has intermittently given updates on his wife's health while on royal engagements this year.

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The King is said to be "delighted" that his daughter-in-law joined him for Trooping the Colour today.

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In the strange year that has been 2024 in the royal family, King Charles was also diagnosed with cancer following a routine procedure at The London Clinic in January; he announced his diagnosis on February 5, the same day he began cancer treatment. (His treatment still continues, and he returned to public duty on April 30.) Of Kate’s appearance at Trooping the Colour—which is the annual birthday parade for the monarch, celebrated every June because of London’s generally favorable weather at that time—the King said, according to Buckingham Palace, that he “is delighted that the Princess is able to attend tomorrow’s events and is much looking forward to all elements of the day,” a spokesperson said yesterday.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.