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Catherine, Princess of Wales, joins members of the royal family on the palace balcony, in her first public appearance since her cancer diagnosis.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, joins members of the royal family on the palace balcony, in her first public appearance since her cancer diagnosis.


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Catherine, Princess of Wales, joined other British royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the King’s official birthday, in her first public appearance since her cancer diagnosis.

The Princess of Wales, her husband William and their children George, Charlotte and Louis gathered with King Charles and Queen Camilla to watch an RAF flyover. They waved and smiled at the crowd, which responded with cheers.

The princess, also known as Kate, had previously been transported in an official carriage with her children from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards procession to watch the ceremony, known as Color forces. She can be seen wearing the badge of the Irish Guards Regiment, a reference to her role as an honorary colonel.

The family was later seen watching the events from a point of view, while Kate’s husband, William, the Prince of Wales, rode his horse.

For Kate, it was her first public appearance since Christmas Day, weeks before she was diagnosed with cancer.

Kate stepped down from public duties in January, following what Kensington Palace said at the time was surgery for a non-cancerous abdominal condition. In March, amid speculation about her health, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer after the operation, and that she was undergoing treatment.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla were also transported in a carriage from Buckingham Palace, bringing cheers from packed crowds as they slowly made their way into the mall. The King took part in a carriage ride instead of a horse ride this year due to his cancer diagnosis.

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

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King Charles receives a salute while attending Trooping the Colour.

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Prince George, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, King Charles III, Queen Camilla and the Duchess of Edinburgh on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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The Princess of Wales and her children were taken to the mall to watch Trooping the Colour.

Kate gave an update on her health on Friday, saying she had made “good progress” in her recovery. But she said she expects her treatment to continue for a few more months, and that she’s “not out of the woods yet.”

Trooping the Color is a magnificent military spectacle that sees 1,400 officers and soldiers, along with 400 musicians and 200 horses, march through the streets of London from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guard Parade, while crowds line the route.

This event, one of the most prominent events in the royal calendar, has been a tradition marking the official birthday of the British monarch for more than 260 years. However, Charles’ actual birthday falls in November.

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

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Thousands took to the streets to watch the annual celebration.

The tradition is believed to have begun with party-obsessed King George II in 1748. Like Charles III, George was born in November, when British weather is often far from ideal.

Proving this point is that the weather took a downward turn as the events came to a close. Heavy rain and wind gusts fell on the crowds who were waiting for the king to return to the palace. Some spectators had difficulty holding their umbrellas in place.

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Speaking about Kate’s appearance on the balcony, David Betteridge, 66, told CNN: “She looked good, so I hope that’s a good sign.”

“It’s really nice to see her back in reality,” he added. “For the most part we stayed dry. But we got pretty wet right after the concert when the show was over. It rained really hard.”

Anna Yang, 30, who was visiting the UK from China on holiday, said she watched the plane fly by from her nearby hotel. “It was great. It was the first time for us, even in our country, that we saw all the national planes flying in the sky,” she told CNN. “It was unbelievable.”

But anti-monarchists also came out, some chanting “shame” and “not mine.”

This year’s procedures have been modified as 75-year-old Charles continues treatment for an unspecified type of cancer.

Doctors were encouraged by his progress, allowing him to do so Resume public facing duties in April, but each post he makes is reviewed and adapted where appropriate.

For Saturday’s events, he reviewed the troops sitting in the Ascot Landau carriage alongside Queen Camilla.

Three from the British Army Horses that galloped through London in April He returned to duty and participated in the birthday parade this weekend. The remaining two horses are “enjoying a summer holiday in the Chilterns” and will return to duty in due course, according to the army.