Prince William returns to work after Kate surgery

  • By Doug Faulkner & Sean Coughlan
  • BBC News

The Prince of Wales is set to return to royal duties on Wednesday for the first time since his wife underwent stomach surgery last month.

Prince William will hold an investiture at Windsor Castle before attending a fundraising event in London later in the evening, Kensington Palace said.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, was released from hospital last week and is resting at home.

The prince took time off to support his family while she recovered.

One of her first public engagements was attending an annual fundraiser for the London Air Ambulance, of which she is patron.

Catherine, 42, spent 13 nights in a London clinic following the operation and is not expected to return to royal duties for several weeks.

Prince William's return to work comes as both his wife and his father, the King – who underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate – are recovering from engagements.

Queen Camilla is still the most senior royal in action, holding solo shows last week, including in London, Bath and Cambridge.

Before the king came to the throne, there was talk of „thinning” the royal family, but the current challenge is a shrinking number available for public events and a growing pool of working royals.

Prince William and Catherine are the only royals under 50.

Apart from her presence on royal visits, Catherine has been an important public face of the royal family in media terms, regularly appearing on the front pages.

Catherine's condition has not been revealed, but it means she will be back on public duty after Easter.

The palace previously said it was not related to cancer.

Prince William visited his wife at a central London hospital where she was visited by the monarch before receiving her own treatment.

It is thought that King Charles wanted to share the news of his treatment in the hope of encouraging other men to get tested themselves.

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