The Princess of Wales to attend the Trooping of the Colour, her first official duty to be confirmed since she underwent surgery

Tuesday 5 March 2024

The Princess of Wales will attend a Trooping the Colour on June 8, her first official duty to be confirmed since she underwent surgery, the Ministry of Defence has said.

On an online ticket booking site for Trooping the Colour in June, the Army said the Princess of Wales will review soldiers on parade.

Kate, as Colonel of the Irish Guards, will carry out the inspection during the event on June 8, in what is the first official public engagement to be announced since her abdominal surgery in January.

The Army’s website, which is selling tickets for the event for £15, said the Trooping the Colour attended by Kate will be the same as the parade traditionally inspected by the monarch, which this year will take place the following weekend on June 15.

The Princess of Wales will attend a Trooping the Colour on June 8, her first official duty to be confirmed since she underwent surgery.

The site said: “Trooping the Colour reviewed by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is identical to Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Majesty The King, with the exception that some additional mounted officers ride when His Majesty The King is present.

“Taking part will be over 1,400 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, including 400 musicians from the Massed Bands, all of whom will parade on Horse Guards for the second of two formal Reviews.

“Trooping the Colour reviewed by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales also includes 250 soldiers from the Foot Guards who will line the processional route along The Mall.

“The soldiers will be inspected by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales, Colonel Irish Guards.”

The news comes as Kate was photographed for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery.

Kate was pictured near Windsor Castle on Monday in the passenger seat of a car, according to TMZ.

The news site said she was wearing dark sunglasses in the black Audi which was being driven by her mother, Carole Middleton.

The photo is understood to have been taken by unauthorised paparazzi.

Kate was admitted to the London Clinic – the private hospital where the King underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate – for a planned operation on January 16.

Charles, 75, visited his daughter-in-law’s bedside after being admitted himself on January 26 – the 11th day of Kate’s stay.

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