Princess Kate Sends Apology for Missing Irish Guards’ Final Rehearsal Before King’s Parade

Updated on: June 8, 2024 / 12:31 PM EDT / CBS/AP

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, expressed her regrets for not being able to attend the Irish Guards’ final rehearsal before the Trooping of the Color parade in honor of the king’s birthday. Despite her absence, she sent a heartfelt letter to the guards, apologizing for not being there as their honorary colonel.

In the letter, Princess Kate conveyed her great honor in serving as their colonel and expressed her hope to represent them once again in the future. The Colonel’s Review, a formal dress rehearsal for the annual military parade, was held on Saturday, with King Charles III set to oversee the ceremony on June 15.

Due to her ongoing cancer treatment, Princess Kate has been advised to refrain from public events. Her absence at the parade next week remains uncertain, as she continues to focus on her recovery. Meanwhile, her husband, Prince William, has provided updates on her progress, mentioning that she is “doing well.”

While Princess Kate’s health situation is being closely monitored, King Charles III has gradually resumed his public duties, attending recent commemorations. The tradition of Trooping the Color, a 260-year-old event where troops parade in full dress uniform past the king, will proceed with the monarch’s presence alongside Queen Camilla.

Despite her absence, the Irish Guards expressed their gratitude for Princess Kate’s message and sent their best wishes for her recovery.

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