Kate Middleton Makes Her First Public Appearance Since Cancer Diagnosis

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Kate Middleton just hit a huge milestone in her cancer treatment.

The Princess of Wales appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the royal family on Saturday for the Trouping the Colour celebration, marking the first time she had made a public appearance since Christmas.

Kate has been going through chemotherapy, and made it clear in a recent Instagram post that she’s still in the thick of treatment. But the 42-year-old was smiling and seemed happy to be out with her family at the celebration.

Kate previously said in an Instagram video that she hopes "to join a few public engagements over the summer," but she knows she's "not out of the woods yet."

In an emotional Instagram post about her chemotherapy, Kate told royal fans she's been "blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months."

"I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days," she wrote in her caption. "On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well."

Kate said her treatment is "ongoing," and "will be for a few more months." On days when she feels well, she says she spends time "on the things that give me energy and positivity," including working from home.

"I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty," she continued. "Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much needed time to heal."

Kate finished her message by thanking her followers for their "continued understanding" and well wishes.

A lot has happened since Kate’s last public appearance and there have been a lot of questions about her health. She announced that she’s been diagnosed with cancer, but did not reveal the specific type, in a video message posted to Instagram and X on March 22. Based on what Kate has shared, it seems like she still has plenty of treatment ahead of her.

Meet the Expert: Jack Jacoub, M.D., a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist and medical director of MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California.

With that, a lot of details of her cancer diagnosis are still unknown. However, the Princess of Wales has shared some new information about what she’s been going through. Here’s everything to know so far.

What type of cancer does Kate have?

Kate did not specify the type of cancer that doctors discovered in her March video address.

“Tests after the operation found cancer had been present," she said. "My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy.”

In the video, she called the diagnosis "a huge shock."

"William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family," she said. "It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment. But, most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok."

How is Kate Middleton doing?

Kate hasn’t made an official public appearance since December, but she’s reportedly been spotted running errands.

Prince William recently said “yes” when asked in early June if his wife is getting better while he met with World War II veterans in Portsmouth, England, according to ABC News. “She would've loved to be here today,” he added.

January 16, 2024: Kate had major abdominal surgery.

On January 17, Kensington Palace shared an official statement on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Instagram account that said, “Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to hospital yesterday for planned abdominal surgery. The surgery was successful.”

Kate revealed in her video that she had “major abdominal surgery in London” in January. “At the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous," she said. "The surgery was successful.”

Kate received abdominal surgery at The London Clinic, the largest independent, private hospital in the U.K., according to PEOPLE.

At the time, Kensington Palace shared an official statement on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Instagram account that said she would "remain in hospital for 10 to 14 days, before returning home to continue her recovery."

Late January 2024: Kate was released from the hospital a few weeks later.

Kate wasn’t seen entering or leaving the hospital. However, Kensington’s Palace’s statement said that she would "remain in hospital for 10 to 14 days, before returning home to continue her recovery."

“Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter,” the statement said.

Late February 2024: Kate starts chemotherapy.

Kate said in her video that she’s “in the early stages” of chemotherapy. A palace spokesperson told People that Kate began treatment in late February.

Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells, per the Mayo Clinic. It's often used to treat cancer, since cancer cells grow and multiply much more quickly than most cells in the body.

Jack Jacoub, M.D., a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist and medical director of MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, says that chemotherapy can help to prevent a recurrence of cancer. After surgery, he says, "we assume there are cancer cells we didn't remove, and those cancer cells might come back.”

March 11, 2024: Kate apologizes for a Mother’s Day Photoshop fail.

After the internet began speculating about Kate's whereabouts, Kensington Palace released an Instagram photo of the princess and her three children, which was taken the week prior at Windsor, per People. This post thanked people for their "kind wishes and continued support over the last two months."

"Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day," she added. Kate's husband, Prince William, is listed as the photographer on the image.

But plenty of people pointed out Photoshop issues, and agencies like the Associated Press and Reuters removed it from their websites.

Kate later apologized in a statement. “Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing,” she said on X. “I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother's Day.”

March 22, 2024: Kate announces her her cancer diagnosis.

Kate Middleton announced that she’s been diagnosed with cancer, but did not reveal the specific type, in a video message posted to Instagram and X on March 22.

Speculation about Kate Middleton's health reached a fever pitch in recent weeks after her "planned abdominal surgery” in January.

In the address, she thanked people for their support, before opening up about her diagnosis.

The video was shot at Windsor, according to ABC 7 Chicago. In it, Kate can be seen wearing a striped sweater and jeans while sitting on a bench.

“Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance," Kate said in her video address. "As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both."

The Prince and Princess of Wales has been very careful about how they're talking about the diagnosis with their young children: “As I have said to them; I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits."

Kate asked for privacy as she continues treatment. “We hope that you will understand that, as a family, we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment."

In her video address, Kate did not clarify an exact return to work date.

"My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy, and I look forward to being back when I am able—but for now, I must focus on making a full recovery."

She ended on this note: “At this time, I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone.”

March 23, 2024: Will and Kate released a joint statement.

A day after Kate’s cancer announcement, she and William released a joint statement.

“The Prince and Princess are both enormously touched by the kind messages from people here in the U.K., across the Commonwealth and around the world in response to Her Royal Highness’ message,” the statement said, per BBC. “They are extremely moved by the public’s warmth and support and are grateful for the understanding of their request for privacy at this time.

June 2024: Kate apologizes for missing a Trooping the Colour parade rehearsal.

There was speculation that Kate might come to a rehearsal for the British Army's Irish Guards regiment in June, which she is Colonel of. However, Kate wrote an apology letter for missing the event.

"I wanted to write and let you know how proud I am of the entire Regiment ahead of the Colonel's Review and Trooping the Colour," the letter, which was shared on the Irish Guards' X page, said. "I appreciate everyone trooping this year has been practicing for months, and dedicating many hours to ensuring their uniforms and drill are immaculate."

"Being your Colonel remains a great honour, and I am very sorry that I'm unable to take the salute at this year's Colonel's Review,” the letter continued. “Please pass my apologies to the whole Regiment, however 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." It was signed “Colonel Catherine.”

June 14, 2024: Kate says she's making 'good progress' on chemotherapy treatments but isn't 'out of the woods yet.'

In June, Kate addressed the public for the first time since she revealed her cancer diagnosis in March. In an emotional Instagram post, she told royal fans she's been "blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months."

"I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days," she wrote in her caption. "On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well."

Kate said her treatment is "ongoing and will be for a few more months." On days when she feels well, the 42-year-old says she spends time "on the things that give me energy and positivity," including working from home.

And while the royal said she would be attending King Charles' birthday parade that weekend and hoped "to join a few public engagements over the summer," she knows she's "not out of the woods yet."

"I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty," she continued. "Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much needed time to heal."

Kate finished her message by thanking her followers for their "continued understanding" and well wishes.

June 15, 2024: Kate makes her first public appearance since cancer diagnosis at Trooping the Colour.

As promised, Kate made her first public appearance in half a year at the Trooping the Colour celebration, which is a British holiday designed to mark the king’s birthday. Kate took part in a procession for the event by riding in a horse-drawn carriage through London with her children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Kate wore a white dress by Jenny Packham, which was topped by a hat made by Philip Treacy, according to People. Her look coordinated with those of her children—they were all in shades of navy and white. Kate and her kids watched the presentation from a window, and later appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force do a flyover.

While Kate didn’t address the public during the appearance, she looked happy and radiant. Worth noting: King Charles is also undergoing cancer treatment and celebrated the holiday with Kate and her family.

June 16, 2024: Kate Middleton celebrates Father’s Day with Prince William and her kids

To honor Prince William on Father’s Day, the official Instagram and X accounts of the Prince and Princess of Wales shared a sweet photo Kate took of Will and their children. In the photo, the Prince of Wales can be seen standing on a beach, looking at the water with his arms around his kids.

“We love you, Papa. Happy Father’s Day,” the post says in the caption, signed by “💕 G, C & L.”

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