Catherine, Princess of Wales joined the royal family on the Palace balcony for her first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer.


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Catherine, Princess of Wales, joined other royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the monarch’s official birthday, making her first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer.

The Princess of Wales, her husband William, and their children George, Charlotte and Louis gathered on the balcony with King Charles and Queen Camilla to watch the Royal Air Force flypast. They waved and smiled at the cheering crowd.

The princess, known as Kate, was earlier taken in a state carriage with her children from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Parade to watch the celebration. Trooping the Color. He can be seen wearing the regimental brooch of the Irish Guards, a nod to his role as their honorary colonel.

The family then watched the events from a vantage point, while Kate’s husband William, Prince of Wales rode in on horseback.

Kate made her first public appearance since Christmas Day – just weeks before her cancer diagnosis.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla were also escorted from Buckingham Palace in a carriage, bringing cheers from packed crowds as they slowly made their way down The Mall. The King participated from a carriage rather than a horse this year due to his own cancer diagnosis.

People of all ages gathered all over the mall for this event. Some spectators wear Union Jack bucket hats and charms, while others wave flags. Some sang the national anthem.

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The Princess of Wales and her children were taken to the mall to see Trooping the Color.

Kate gave an update on her health on Friday, saying she was making „good progress” in her recovery. But she said her treatment will continue for a few more months and is „not out of the woods yet.”

Trooping the Color is a spectacular military spectacle with 1,400 officers and soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses marching through the streets of London from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Parade.

The event – one of the highlights of the royal calendar – has been a tradition marking the official birthday of the British sovereign for more than 260 years. However, Charles’ actual birthday is in November.

Since the 18th century, Britain’s kings and queens have doubled down on their celebrations, holding a public celebration — the official birthday — and a more private event on the actual date.

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Royal fans hold a cardboard cutout of Catherine, Princess of Wales, as they wait on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

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The public gathered at Buckingham Palace.

The tradition is believed to have started in 1748 with the partisan King George II. Like Charles III, George was born in November, when British weather is often less than ideal.

Proving that point, the weather turned downward as the events drew to a close. People waiting for the King to return to the palace were swept away by heavy rain and strong winds. Some spectators struggled to hold their umbrellas in place.

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Kate’s appearance was a big topic of discussion among the audience, who chatted and warmed their hands in pots of tea. „We are very excited,” Reine Geldenhuys, 41, told CNN.

„We hope to walk up to the balcony and see her beautiful face again… We don’t see her in public, so we’re here for her,” he added.

Procedures were modified this year as Charles, 75, continues treatment for an unspecified cancer.

Doctors were encouraged by his progress and cleared him Resume duties facing people In April, but every engagement he undertakes will be reviewed and modified where appropriate.

For Saturday’s events, he conducted a review of the troops as he sat in the Ascot Landau carriage with Queen Camilla.

Three of the British Army Horses bumped in London in April Returned to duty and participated in this weekend’s birthday parade. The remaining two horses are „enjoying summer vacation at Chilterns” and will return to service in due course, according to the Army.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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