Princess Kate’s Trooping the Colour Appearance Took a Toll on Her, Royal Author Says

“I don’t think we can expect to see her in public for a little while.”

Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, rides the Glass State Coach at Horse Guards Parade during the King's Birthday Parade "Trooping the Colour" in London on June 15, 2024.
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The Princess of Wales was nothing short of stunning at Saturday’s Trooping the Colour—her first foray back into royal life and public duty since her diagnosis of cancer earlier this year. Prior to Saturday, Kate hadn’t been seen at a royal engagement since Christmas Day nearly six months prior; she underwent a planned abdominal surgery at The London Clinic in January that ultimately detected cancer, and announced that fact, bravely, to the world on March 22. She has been receiving treatment since.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, shelters from the rain with an umbrella as she walks with her children Britain's Prince George of Wales (C), Britain's Princess Charlotte of Wales (R) and Britain's Prince Louis of Wales back to the Glass State Coach at Horse Guards Parade during the King's Birthday Parade "Trooping the Colour" in London on June 15, 2024.

Kate accompanied her three children George, Charlotte, and Louis in the carriage procession at Saturday's (very rainy) Trooping the Colour, and later stood with them on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

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Royal author Katie Nicholl has been covering the royals since Kate married into the family—the first, according to her website, to reveal that Prince William and Kate were getting married (and, she added, “even managed to get hold of the official wedding guest list”). So, simply put? Nicholl knows Kate. She has studied her—extensively. She’s reported on her for well over a decade. And, as she told Entertainment Tonight, Kate’s “immaculate” appearance at Trooping the Colour took a toll on her, as we should remember that, in Kate’s own words, she’s “not out of the woods” just yet and still has a few more months of chemotherapy left to go.

“The princess has this sort of swan-like quality about her—she’s sort of gliding on the surface, but beneath the water, I think often she’s paddling quite frantically,” Nicholl said. “I can only imagine that a huge amount of preparation and time and effort and energy will have gone into Saturday’s appearance.”

Princess Charlotte and Princess Kate attend trooping the colour

One could cry at the protective look Kate's daughter, Charlotte, gives her mother at Trooping the Colour Saturday; all three kids looked out for their beloved mother throughout the entire event.

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Nicholl noted, very correctly, that “She was on her feet for a long period of time”—and in heels, at that. “There was a moment where she was watching the parade and was offered a seat, which she gratefully accepted. That’s just a bit of an acknowledgment that she is not as strong, not as fit, as she was before she went into this treatment.” 

Even through her treatment, Nicholl said that Kate “looked impeccable,” and added that “If you didn’t know that she was going through cancer treatment, you would never have guessed.” 

Kate Middleton at Trooping the Colour

Absolutely stunning, and an embodiment of poise, grace, and dignity.

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Kate Middleton wearing a white dress by jenny packham for trooping the colour

Despite continuing treatment for cancer, Kate looked healthy and well on Saturday.

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But, Nicholl continued, “I think a day like Saturday—where she knows the eyes of the world are on her, there is a huge amount of scrutiny—that will take its toll,” she said. “I think we can probably imagine that she probably had a long and well-deserved rest afterwards. I don’t think we can expect to see her in public for a little while. That’s going to take some recovery from.”

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.