Kate Middleton says she’s sorry to overlook key Trooping of the Colour occasion | EUROtoday

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The Princess of Wales has written to specific her apologies that she won’t attend a key rehersal occasion for this yr’s Trooping the Colour ceremony, because the senior royal continues to get better from most cancers therapy.

In a letter to the Irish Guards regiment, of which she is lieutenant colonel, Kate Middleton stated she was “very sorry” that she can be unable to make the salute throughout the Colonel’s Review on Saturday – the ultimate rehearsal for the Trooping the Colour parade which marks the King’s birthday on June fifteenth.

The letter was learn out to troops in a video posted by the regiment on social media, which described the Irish Guards as “deeply touched” by Kate’s letter.

The Princess of Wales visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2023
The Princess of Wales visited the first Battalion Irish Guards for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2023 (PA Archive)

The princess wrote: “I wanted to write to you to let you know how proud I am of the entire regiment ahead of the Colonel’s Review and Trooping the Colour.

“I appreciate everyone trooping the colour this year have been practising for months, and dedicating many hours to ensuring their uniforms and drill are immaculate.

“Being your colonel remains an honour, and I’m very sorry that I’m unable to make the salute at this year’s colonel review. Please pass on my apologies to the whole regiment. I do hope that I am able to represent you all once again very soon.

“Please send my very best wishes and good luck to all involved.”

The letter was signed off with the phrase, who will separatea Latin motto derived from the bible and related to the British Army in Ireland, which means “who will separate us?”.

Prince William said in May that his wife was ‘doing well’
Prince William stated in May that his spouse was ‘doing well’ (PA)

It is unclear whether or not Kate will attend the primary Trooping of the Colour occasion subsequent Saturday, which falls yearly on the sovereign’s birthday. Kate might be represented on the Colonel’s Review by General James Bucknall, who will act because the chief inspecting officer of the day in her absence.

The royal had beforehand appealed for time, house and privateness for her household when she introduced in March that she was being handled for an undisclosed type of most cancers.

The Prince of Wales gave a constructive replace about his spouse’s therapy throughout a go to to the Isles of Scilly earlier in May, saying “she’s doing well” when questioned by a hospital administrator.

During the Trooping ceremony, held on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, it’s understood the King will perform the assessment of the Guardsmen and officers from an Ascot Landau carriage with the Queen. Last yr, Charles inspected the troops on horseback.

The change from final yr’s ceremony, the place Charles inspected the troops on horseback, displays earlier Buckingham Palace briefings the place it was highlighted that every engagement by the King can be reviewed and variations made when suggested by docs.

The King is prone to journey by carriage with the Queen throughout the conventional procession to and from Horse Guards Parade, and is predicted to look at the Trooping ceremony seated on a dais, relatively than on horseback.

Additional reporting by PA