Kate, Princess of Wales apologizes for missing Irish Guards final rehearsal before King’s parade

Kate, Princess of Wales, greets the Irish Guards at their final rehearsal before the Trooping of the Color parade to mark the King’s birthday.

LONDON — LONDON (AP) — Kate, Princess of WalesGood luck ahead of the Irish Guards final rehearsal on Saturday Trooping of the Colour A parade on the occasion of the King’s birthday.

Kate, recovering from cancer, apologized for not being an honorary colonel of the Guards.

„It has been a great honor to be your colonel and I deeply regret not being able to take the salute at this year’s colonel’s review,” he wrote in a letter shared by the Irish Guards on social media site X. „Please send me. My apologies to the entire regiment, though I hope to be able to represent you all very soon.

The dress rehearsal is for the annual military parade held each June to mark the monarch’s official birthday. King Charles III will oversee the ceremony on June 15.

It is not yet clear whether Kate will attend next week’s ceremony. He was treated for an unspecified type of cancer She announced in March He has not been seen in public for several months, fueling speculation on social media about his health. He has disclosed few details about his illness or treatment.

While undergoing his own treatment for cancer, the king returned to public works. He He attended the memorial service this week For the 80th anniversary of D-Day, The Invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe On June 6, 1944.

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Trooping the Color is a 460-year-old tradition in which troops in full dress uniform march past the King with their ceremonial flag, also known as their „colour”.

Charles is likely to travel to the event with Queen Camilla in a carriage and is expected to watch the ceremony from a platform rather than on horseback as he did last year.

The Irish Guards said they were touched by Kate’s letter and wished her a speedy recovery.

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