Kate Middleton - latest: Princess of Wales releases new photo as children wish William happy Father’s Day

The Prince of Wales received a touching Father’s Day message from George, Charlotte and Louis – posted on social media with a new photograph by mum Kate.

The Prince himself posted, wishing King Charles: “Happy Father’s Day, Pa.”

Showing William with his arms around his three children on a beach in Norfolk, the Princess of Wales’ new photograph comes a day after she began a gradual return to public duties after she began cancer treatment.

She made an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch Trooping the Colour.

During the ceremony, she viewed from a window with her children, before returning to the palace to view the RAF fly-past alongside the King, who has also been receiving treatment for cancer.

In a moving statement on Friday, Kate, 42, revealed that she has both good and bad days as she undergoes “preventative chemotherapy” for an undisclosed form of the disease. She admitted that she is “not out of the woods yet.

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  • New photo by Princess of Wales of William with George, Charlotte and Louis

  • Kate, Prince William and their children take to Buckingham Palace balcony

  • Princess of Wales and children set off in glass carriage

  • Kate smiles and waves at crowds ahead of balcony appearance

  • Trooping the Colour parade gets underway

16:58 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Prince Louis plays with Buckingham Palace curtains during Trooping the Colour parade

Sweet video of Prince Philip shared on royal accounts

15:35 , Holly Evans

The Royal Family have shared a sweet video on their social media page of the late Prince Philip playing with his young son, the current King Charles.

Taken from the BFI Archives, the caption reads: “Wishing all Dads, and those who may be missing their parents today, a relaxing Father’s Day.”

Prince Louis plays with Buckingham Palace curtains during Trooping the Colour parade

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Princess Eugenie releases Father’s Day post

13:50 , Holly Evans

Princess Eugenie also posted on social media to mark Father’s Day.

She shared a photo of husband, Jack Brooksbank, with their children August, three, and Ernest, one, on Instagram.

The photos were captioned: “Happy Father’s Day. We love you.”

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie have two children together (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie have two children together (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

Kate shares touching new photo of William with George, Charlotte and Louis to mark Father’s Day

13:15 , Holly Evans

Prince William’s three children have shared a sweet Father’s Day post on the family’s official social media page, writing “We love you, Papa” and featuring a new family photo by the Princess of Wales.

Kensington Palace said Kate’s picture of William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken on the Norfolk coast last month.

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Kate shares touching new photo of William with the children to mark Father’s Day

Princess’s new family photo

12:45 , Andre Langlois

Prince William’s three children have shared a sweet Father’s Day post on the family’s official social media page, writing “We love you, Papa” and featuring a new family photo by the Princess of Wales.

Kensington Palace said Kate’s picture of William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken on the Norfolk coast last month.

Kate shares touching new photo of William with the children to mark Father’s Day

It is the first time a message from the three children has been posted on the family’s social media accounts.

Royal Family shares old Father’s Day footage

12:33 , Holly Evans

The Royal Family’s X account also shared footage of Charles and his late father, Prince Philip, sourced from the BFI archive.

“Wishing all Dads, and those who may be missing their parents today, a relaxing Father’s Day,” the royal family’s official account said.

Set to piano music, the footage showed several scenes of Philip and Charles together. In one clip Philip lifts baby Charles out of a pram, in another the pair are seen sailing together.

With a dash of Disney princess – Kate has become a bellwether for uncertain times

11:38 , Holly Evans

With a dash of Disney princess – Kate has become a bellwether for uncertain times

‘We love you Papa’: Prince William’s children share sweet Father’s Day message

11:15 , Holly Evans

A new photograph of the Prince of Wales and his three children taken by the Princess of Wales has been released as a Father’s Day tribute.

The three youngsters declared: “We love you, Papa. Happy Father’s Day” in a personally-signed social media post.

Kensington Palace said Kate’s picture of William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken on the Norfolk coast last month.

The post was the first time a message from the three children has been posted on the family’s social media accounts.

A sweet message from Prince William’s three children was shared on their social media (Kensington Palace)
A sweet message from Prince William’s three children was shared on their social media (Kensington Palace)

Father’s Day message follows a difficult year for the royals

10:40 , Holly Evans

William’s Father’s Day message follows what has been a difficult year for the royal family.

The prince has balanced supporting his wife and family with maintaining his official duties.

Kate was initially admitted to hospital for abdominal surgery on January 16 and at the time her condition was thought to be non-cancerous, but cancer was found following the successful operation.

Charles was admitted to hospital just days after Kate, also for a procedure deemed unrelated to cancer.

In February, Buckingham Palace confirmed that he had been diagnosed with a form of cancer, which is not prostate cancer, that was discovered while the King was being treated at the private London Clinic for an enlarged prostate.

Prince William with his wife and father during yesterday’s Trooping the Colour (AP)
Prince William with his wife and father during yesterday’s Trooping the Colour (AP)

Prince William shares sweet Father’s Day message

10:07 , Holly Evans

The Prince of Wales has shared a photo of him playing football with the King to mark Father’s Day.

The photo of William and Charles together in the gardens of Kensington Palace was taken on June 12 1984.

“Happy Father’s Day, Pa,” the social media post, personally signed by William, said.

The photo taken by the PA news agency shows an almost two-year-old William in short dungarees and a stripey blue top and the King in a grey double-breasted suit kicking a small football.

Princess’s return may help cancer patients

08:03 , Andre Langlois

The Princess’s gradual return to public life may inspire patients going through cancer treatment, charities have said.

Dame Laura Lee, chief executive of cancer support charity Maggie’s, of which the Queen is president, said on Saturday: “Seeing Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales today was just lovely.

“As she said herself, today was a good day. By highlighting that there are good days and bad days, the Princess is helping to draw attention and normalise the reality of living with cancer.

“Our experts in our centres can help people navigate how to manage each day at a time and to live with the unexpected, just as the Princess is clearly doing – helping us all understand that cancer is not a straight line or a linear process.”

A spokesperson for Macmillan Cancer Support said on Saturday: “It’s an absolute pleasure to see her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales’ at Trooping the Colour today.

“As her Royal Highness said in her comments yesterday, cancer treatment can come with both good days and bad days, and I’m sure her attending the event will inspire so many people around the world who are managing the challenging effects of cancer treatment.”

Kate Middleton’s health history as Princess of Wales returns for Trooping the Colour

07:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Princess of Wales’ return to public life for Trooping the Colour comes after six months of preventative chemotherapy.

In a statement ahead of the event marking the King’s official birthday, Kate said she is “not out of the woods yet”.

She has a few months of treatment to go for the unspecified form of cancer and said she has “good days and bad days”.

Princess of Wales’ health history as she returns for Trooping the Colour

The Buckingham Palace balcony line up: Who’s who

06:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

After a challenging year for the royal family with sibling rifts and health battles, the King’s birthday presented a much-needed joyous occasion.

Despite the bursts of rain, the sun eventually shone as the Princess of Wales returned courageously to public duties. Saturday marked her first public appearance since she revealed her cancer diagnosis in March this year.

Kate, 42, stood tall and proud next to Charles on the Buckingham Palace balcony as she watched the Trooping the Colour flypast.

The Buckingham Palace balcony line up: Who’s who

Kate Middleton’s much-loved stylist and her rise from PA to right-hand woman after latest palace promotion

05:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Princess of Wales has promoted her long-time stylist Natasha Archer to a key position in the royal household.

Archer, who is credited with transforming Kate from a girl-next-door to a royal fashion icon, has been appointed a new role of senior private executive assistant to the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The 36-year-old noted her promotion at the royal household on LinkedIn, marking her departure from her former role as the couple’s personal assistant in which she had served since 2010.

Rise of Kate Middleton’s much-loved stylist who has risen from PA to right-hand woman

Kate supported by George, Louis and Charlotte in first public appearance since cancer diagnosis

04:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Princess of Wales was joined by her three children as she attended Saturday’s Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking her first public appearance after revealing her cancer diagnosis in March.

Kate, 42, has been receiving treatment for an unspecified form of cancer since February, when the disease was discovered after she underwent abdominal surgery.

The senior royal made her first public appearance of the year for a traditional parade through London for the King’s official birthday celebrations.

Kate supported by George, Louis and Charlotte in first outing since diagnosis

Meghan Markle’s American Riviera Orchard lifestyle brand name used to sell adult colouring books

03:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

Meghan Markle’s new lifestyle brand name American Riviera Orchard is being used to sell adult colouring books via an unknown online seller.

A Shopify page that uses the Duchess of Sussex’s brand name is selling adult colouring books including one labelled “working class royalty” for between £8 and £16 depending on size, The Independent can reveal.

While the working class royalty colouring book is currently sold out, two financial planners are still available priced at £8 and £16 respectively.

Meghan Markle’s lifestyle brand name used to sell adult colouring books

With a dash of Disney princess – Kate has become a bellwether for uncertain times

02:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Princess of Wales’s appearance on the balcony for the King’s birthday parade was delivered in her hallmark style of duty and distance, but the pressure she feels to perform for us in public was there for all to see, says Tessa Dunlop:

With a dash of Disney princess – Kate has become a bellwether for uncertain times

Prince Louis steals the show again with dancing and yawning at Trooping the Colour

01:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

All eyes were on Prince Louis at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the six-year-old charmed viewers with his varied reactions to the event – from debuting dance moves to pretending to fall asleep.

Louis and his elder siblings, Prince George, 10, and Princess Charlotte, nine, accompanied their mother Kate to the parade in her first appearance since revealing her cancer diagnosis in March.

The family rode in a glass horse-drawn carriage to the affair at Horse Guards Parade in London. William, the Prince of Wales, was also in attendance, but rode on horseback alongside his aunt, the Princess Royal, and his uncle, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Louis steals the show again with dancing and yawning at Trooping the Colour

Kate Middleton’s triumphant return to public life at Trooping the Colour after six months fighting cancer

Sunday 16 June 2024 00:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Princess of Wales made a triumphant return to public life for the first time in six months on Saturday, attending Trooping the Colour to celebrate the King’s birthday.

Kate appeared in high spirits, joking with Charles and supported by her husband and three children, as they all took to the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the traditional flypast.

From the first glimpses of the princess emerging from her car, she was full of smiles and waves.

Kate Middleton all smiles as she returns to duties after six months fighting cancer

The Buckingham Palace balcony line up: Who’s who

Saturday 15 June 2024 23:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

After a challenging year for the royal family with sibling rifts and health battles, the King’s birthday presented a much-needed joyous occasion.

Despite the bursts of rain, the sun eventually shone as the Princess of Wales returned courageously to public duties. Saturday marked her first public appearance since she revealed her cancer diagnosis in March this year.

Kate, 42, stood tall and proud next to Charles on the Buckingham Palace balcony as she watched the Trooping the Colour flypast.

The Buckingham Palace balcony line up: Who’s who

Crowds of well-wishers travelled from across the country

Saturday 15 June 2024 22:00 , Holly Evans

Crowds of well-wishers gathered outside Buckingham Palace to watch Trooping the Colour, with many holding Union flags.

Jane Ing, 61, said she had travelled from Yorkshire with her husband and a friend to witness the royal procession through The Mall ahead of the ceremony.

She said: “The ceremony is part of our heritage.

“It’s an iconic parade and exhibition of our royal family that we should be proud about and come to support.”

Kate Middleton’s health history as Princess of Wales returns for Trooping the Colour

Saturday 15 June 2024 21:00 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales’ return to public life for Trooping the Colour comes after six months of preventative chemotherapy.

In a statement ahead of the event marking the King’s official birthday, Kate said she is “not out of the woods yet”.

She has a few months of treatment to go for the unspecified form of cancer and said she has “good days and bad days”.

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Princess of Wales’ health history as she returns for Trooping the Colour

In pictures: Soaked crowds try to take shelter under umbrellas

Saturday 15 June 2024 20:00 , Holly Evans

Crowds waiting to see the Royal Family became increasingly soaked as the procession went on (James Manning/PA Wire)
Crowds waiting to see the Royal Family became increasingly soaked as the procession went on (James Manning/PA Wire)
Royal fans gather wearing coats and holding umbrellas (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Royal fans gather wearing coats and holding umbrellas (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Princess of Wales has promoted causes supporting children and mental health

Saturday 15 June 2024 19:00 , Holly Evans

Family is the focus for the Princess of Wales in both her private and public life and her cancer diagnosis will have brought those closest rallying round.

In her video statement announcing the state of her health, Kate highlighted the importance of giving her children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – time and space to come to terms with their mother’s illness.

The princess’ major public project is supporting the early years development of children, and last year she launched her long-term campaign Shaping Us, described as her “life’s work” and aimed at highlighting the crucial first five years of a child’s life.

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Princess of Wales has promoted causes supporting children and mental health

Kate Middleton all smiles as she returns to duties after six months

Saturday 15 June 2024 18:00 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales has made a triumphant return to public life in her first appearance since her cancer diagnosis, as she smiles and waves with her children from the royal balcony at the King’s official birthday parade Trooping the Colour.

Kate, 42, is currently undergoing preventative chemotherapy after revealing in March that she was receiving treatment for the disease, which was discovered after abdominal surgery in January.

Crowds cheered and whistled as the King and Queen led the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis out onto the royal balcony to view the Red Arrows fly past in the King’s honour.

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Kate Middleton all smiles as she returns to duties after six months

In pictures: Key moments from the day

Saturday 15 June 2024 17:00 , Holly Evans

Thundery showers and rain impacted the Trooping the Colour (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Thundery showers and rain impacted the Trooping the Colour (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Kate, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte smile out to crowds on The Mall (Getty Images)
Kate, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte smile out to crowds on The Mall (Getty Images)
Members of the Royal Family wave to crowds from the balcony (AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the Royal Family wave to crowds from the balcony (AFP via Getty Images)
King Charles saluting troops at Horse Guards Parade (Getty)
King Charles saluting troops at Horse Guards Parade (Getty)

Prince Louis waves to crowds during Trooping the Colour

Saturday 15 June 2024 16:00 , Holly Evans

Spectator praises Kate for attending amid cancer battle

Saturday 15 June 2024 15:20 , Holly Evans

One spectator said it was “fantastic” that the Princess of Wales has made her first public appearance since announcing her cancer diagnosis.

Joseph Afrane, 60, said: “It was fantastic when I heard it on the news yesterday.

“I thought, ‘God, I thank you for bringing Kate back’, because she’s very hardworking.”

He added: “I mean, it shows that she’s very, very dedicated to the country, and then to the monarch and then to the other royals, you know.

“She’s very, very down to earth and hardworking. And then she works on behalf of her family as well as the monarch.

“So, it’s good. It was great news. I saw her. She waved to me. She gave me a big wave.”

Prince Louis steals the show again with dancing and yawning at Trooping the Colour

Saturday 15 June 2024 14:55 , Holly Evans

All eyes were on Prince Louis at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the six-year-old charmed viewers with his varied reactions to the event – from debuting dance moves to pretending to fall asleep.

Louis and his elder siblings, Prince George, 10, and Princess Charlotte, nine, accompanied their mother Kate to the parade in her first appearance since revealing her cancer diagnosis in March.

The family rode in a glass horse-drawn carriage to the affair at Horse Guards Parade in London. William, the Prince of Wales, was also in attendance, but rode on horseback alongside his aunt, the Princess Royal, and his uncle, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Prince Louis steals the show again with dancing and yawning at Trooping the Colour

Princess of Wales appeared relaxed after missing final Trooping rehearsal

Saturday 15 June 2024 14:35 , Holly Evans

After spending much of the year coming to terms with the diagnosis and receiving ongoing chemotherapy, the future queen looked relaxed as she travelled along one of London’s most famous thoroughfares with her family in the glass state coach.

Her appearance was in doubt after she missed the final Trooping rehearsal last weekend, but with the King also suffering from cancer the spectacle of military pomp and pageantry became a symbolic statement by the monarchy after a period of uncertainty.

She was surrounded by other members of the family, with her husband the Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, on horseback, as were the Princess Royal, Colonel Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel Scots Guards.

Kate supported by George, Louis and Charlotte in first public appearance since cancer diagnosis

Saturday 15 June 2024 14:20 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales was joined by her three children as she attended Saturday’s Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking her first public appearance after revealing her cancer diagnosis in March.

Kate, 42, has been receiving treatment for an unspecified form of cancer since February, when the disease was discovered after she underwent abdominal surgery.

The senior royal made her first public appearance of the year for a traditional parade through London for the King’s official birthday celebrations.

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Kate supported by George, Louis and Charlotte in first outing since diagnosis

Prince William and Kate smile at Prince Louis

Saturday 15 June 2024 14:05 , Holly Evans

Prince William and Kate share a sweet moment with their youngest son (James Manning/PA Wire)
Prince William and Kate share a sweet moment with their youngest son (James Manning/PA Wire)

Chants of ‘not my King’ could be heard from protesters

Saturday 15 June 2024 13:50 , Holly Evans

The flypast above Buckingham Palace ended with the red arrows trailing their trademark red, white and blue colours.

The Prince and Princess of Wales smiled and spoke with their children on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as the planes roared overhead.

Meanwhile, chants of “not my King” could be heard from protesters gathered outside the Palace.

Royal Family watch Trooping the Colour flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony

Saturday 15 June 2024 13:35 , Holly Evans

In pictures: Royal Family on the balcony during Trooping the Colour

Saturday 15 June 2024 13:23 , Holly Evans

All senior members of the British monarchy watch the RAF flypast (AFP via Getty Images)
All senior members of the British monarchy watch the RAF flypast (AFP via Getty Images)
The King, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children wave from the balcony (James Manning/PA Wire)
The King, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children wave from the balcony (James Manning/PA Wire)

King Charles waves to the crowds before leaving balcony

Saturday 15 June 2024 13:19 , Holly Evans

The royal family smiled and waved to crowds before standing proudly as the national anthem was played.

The King waved again to cheering crowds before heading inside the palace.

The Prince and Princess of Wales and their children also waved before following Charles and Camilla from the balcony.

Members of the Royal Family waving to the crowds after the fly-past (BBC)
Members of the Royal Family waving to the crowds after the fly-past (BBC)

Red Arrows fly past the Royal Family

Saturday 15 June 2024 13:11 , Holly Evans

After viewing a number of aircraft in the fly-past, the Red Arrows were received with applause and cheers as they flew over London.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis could all be seen staring upwards as they were treated to the spectacle.

Kate, Prince William and their children take to Buckingham Palace balcony

Saturday 15 June 2024 13:02 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales has joined her husband and children on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the fly-past, which concludes the Trooping the Colour procession.

Also on the balcony are other senior royals, including the King and Queen, Princess Anne and Prince Edward and his family.

Fly-past is going ahead

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:59 , Holly Evans

The fly-past, which will consist of 10 waves of aircraft, is going ahead with the Royal Family expected to watch from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Royal Family release video of today’s events

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:54 , Holly Evans

The Royal Family’s official social media has released a short video showing members of the monarchy preparing for the procession and entering their carriages.

In pictures: Heavy rain falls down on the military parade

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:44 , Holly Evans

Thundery showers and rain impacted the Trooping the Colour (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Thundery showers and rain impacted the Trooping the Colour (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Members of the military ride in heavy rain return from the royal procession (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Members of the military ride in heavy rain return from the royal procession (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

King Charles salutes regiments before entering Buckingham Palace

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:38 , Holly Evans

The King has saluted troops at Horse Guards Parade in the official Trooping the Colour ceremony, and has now re-entered Buckingham Palace to appear on the balcony.

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:37 , Holly Evans

The Palace has released a behind the scenes video of the Princess of Wales before she steps into the horse-drawn carriage that takes her to Trooping the Colour.

Kate can be seen playing with Princess Charlotte’s hair, before the family head out to greet the crowds.

Princess Charlotte seen waving and smiling

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:34 , Holly Evans

Princess Charlotte was seen waving enthusiastically and smiling to the crowds as they travelled back to Buckingham Palace.

The Princess of Wales and Prince Louis also waved and smiled at onlookers.

Princess Charlotte waving at the crowds as rain falls on the procession (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
Princess Charlotte waving at the crowds as rain falls on the procession (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Kate wears bold white dress last seen at coronation as she returns to public duties at Trooping the Colour

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:32 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales looked striking in her first public appearance of 2024 at the Trooping the Colour procession, alongside Prince William and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

She opted for a dress she was last seen wearing when she attended the King’s coronation in May 2023.

At the event on Saturday, Kate wore a bold white Jenny Packham dress with black detail, and a white angled hat by Philip Treacey.

The dress was a simple knee-length white design, with a white and black bow on her right shoulder.

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Kate wears bold white dress last seen at coronation as she returns to public duties

Heavy rain falls on crowds and troops taking part in ceremony

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:31 , Holly Evans

Heavy rain and thundery showers have fallen on crowds gathered along The Mall by the end of procession.

Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Edward, who were all on horseback, were subject to the miserable weather while other senior royals were protected in carriages.

Crowds take cover under umbrellas as they wait for the balcony appearance (Getty Images)
Crowds take cover under umbrellas as they wait for the balcony appearance (Getty Images)
Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, looks out at the rain (Getty Images)
Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, looks out at the rain (Getty Images)

Princess of Wales looked ‘happy’ to be at important royal event

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:24 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales looked “happy to be involved” in Trooping the Colour as she made her first public appearance this year, a spectator has said.

Carol Haddow, 64, from Scotland, and her husband Brian, 42, were among thousands of people lined along The Mall as royal carriages made their way to Horse Guards Parade.

Mrs Haddow said: “Well, like anybody going through chemotherapy, it’s a big thing for her to come out and do this.

“We were a wee bit back but she looked fine, happy to be involved and she was with the kids.”

She said the royal family played an important part in “bringing in tourism” to the country, adding: “It’s a great thing to have a king or queen.”

Mr Haddow said: “It’s a part of history, isn’t it?”

Kate watched the ceremony with her three children from a window at Horse Guards Parade (Sgt Donald C Todd/UK MOD Crown copyright/PA Wire)
Kate watched the ceremony with her three children from a window at Horse Guards Parade (Sgt Donald C Todd/UK MOD Crown copyright/PA Wire)

Royal Family due to appear on the balcony

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:22 , Holly Evans

The Royal Family are due to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace imminently for the conclusion of Trooping the Colour.

Carriages depart back for Buckingham Palace

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:19 , Holly Evans

Carriages containing members of the Royal Family have now departed from Horse Guards Parade towards Buckingham Palace.

The King and his family will now appear on the balcony to view the fly-past, which concludes the day’s event.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

What is Trooping the Colour?

Saturday 15 June 2024 12:12 , Holly Evans

Charles is Colonel in Chief of the regiments of the Household Division which include the Life Guards, Blues and Royals and all five regiments of Foot Guards – the Welsh, Scots, Irish, Coldstream and Grenadier – on parade for the official birthday, alongside the mounted Band of the Household Cavalry and the massed Foot Guards bands.

The military spectacle, also known as the Birthday Parade is a gift from the Household Division, and Charles first attended in 1951, aged three, riding in a carriage with his grandmother, the Queen Mother, and aunt, Princess Margaret, and first rode as Colonel of the Welsh Guards in 1975.

Trooping the Colour is a social as well as a ceremonial occasion and the stands overlooking the parade ground were filled with about 8,000 spouses, girlfriends and parents of the guardsmen and officers on parade.

Members of the Welsh Guards during Trooping the Colour ceremony (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
Members of the Welsh Guards during Trooping the Colour ceremony (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

It featured more than 1,250 soldiers, and hundreds of Guardsmen were lined up on the parade ground waiting to be inspected by the King from his carriage with Camilla, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and joined by the mounted royal Colonels.

The colour, or regimental flag, that will be trooped will be the King’s Colour of number 9 company, Irish Guards.

Princess of Wales' children sit on her lap during first public appearance

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:56 , Holly Evans

Prince Louis seen yawning and dancing from balcony window

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:49 , Holly Evans

Prince Louis was seen yawning while standing watching the parade from the window at the Duke of Wellington’s former office.

The six-year-old was standing with his mother, the Princess of Wales, and his nine-year-old sister Princess Charlotte.

He could be seen dancing along during the quick march of the Scots Guards to Highland Laddie.

At one point, he also became fixated by the curtain and could be seen chatting to his mother.

Prince Louis has been seen dancing and becoming distracted during the event (Getty Images)
Prince Louis has been seen dancing and becoming distracted during the event (Getty Images)

Princess of Wales watches ceremony from a balcony

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:41 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales watched Trooping the Colour from a balcony with her children.

In a change from last year, Kate did not join senior family members on a dais, but watched the spectacle from the Duke of Wellington’s former office.

Kate stood beside her children, Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte, as the regiments, in red ceremonial dress, continued to parade.

She could be seen whispering in the ear of Princess Charlotte as the band played.

Kate smiles and waves at crowds ahead of balcony appearance

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:35 , Holly Evans

Despite her ongoing cancer battle, Kate was all smiles as she made her way down The Mall with her three children.

She has not been seen publicly since Christmas Day and cancelled a number of engagements after being admitted to hospital in January for abdominal surgery.

Kate smiling at the crowds while travelling along The Mall (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Kate smiling at the crowds while travelling along The Mall (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte look out at the crowds while their mother smiles and waves (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte look out at the crowds while their mother smiles and waves (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Kate seen with Prince Louis viewing ceremony from a window

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:29 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales has been seen peering out of a window with her youngest son Prince Louis, as the procession takes place at the Horse Guards Parade.

Trooping will be a special event for Kate as Number 9 Company, Irish Guards, a regiment she represents as Colonel, will be Trooping their King’s Colour, but Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall will take the salute on her behalf.

In pictures: Royals all smiles at King’s official birthday procession

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:17 , Holly Evans

Queen Camilla smiles at royal fans who have lined The Mall (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Queen Camilla smiles at royal fans who have lined The Mall (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
Kate and her youngest son Prince Louis were seen waving and smiling to the crowds (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
Kate and her youngest son Prince Louis were seen waving and smiling to the crowds (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Kate seen arriving at Horse Guards Parade with her children

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:11 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales has been seen exiting her carriage at Horse Guards Parade, where the King’s official birthday procession will take place.

The Princess of Wales is joined by her three children (AFP via Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales is joined by her three children (AFP via Getty Images)
Kate arriving at Horse Guards Parade for the procession (REUTERS)
Kate arriving at Horse Guards Parade for the procession (REUTERS)

Princess of Wales and children booed by protesters during Trooping the Colour parade

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:09 , Holly Evans

King Charles begins inspecting the troops

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:07 , Holly Evans

King Charles salutes as he rides along in his carriage, while the national anthem plays.

Now his carriage moves through as he inspects the troops as the procession begins at 11am.

Kate wore dress during King’s coronation weekend

Saturday 15 June 2024 11:03 , Holly Evans

For the occasion, the Princess of Wales has worn a white Jenny Packham dress with black detail, with a white angled hat by Philip Treacey.

Her outfit was last seen in May 2023 during the King’s coronation weekend.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

In pictures: King Charles and other senior royals take part in procession

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:59 , Holly Evans

King Charles and Queen Camilla attend the Trooping the Colour parade to honour him on his official birthday (REUTERS)
King Charles and Queen Camilla attend the Trooping the Colour parade to honour him on his official birthday (REUTERS)
Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh smiling at the crowds (Getty Images)
Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh smiling at the crowds (Getty Images)

Kate pictured with her children at Trooping the Colour

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:56 , Holly Evans

Catherine, Princess of Wales during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace (Getty Images)
Catherine, Princess of Wales during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace (Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales smiled to the crowds as she made her way down the Mall (REUTERS)
The Princess of Wales smiled to the crowds as she made her way down the Mall (REUTERS)

Princess of Wales and children set off in glass carriage

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:48 , Holly Evans

King Charles and Queen Camilla have set off from Buckingham Palace, with the Princess of Wales following in a glass carriage.

She is accompanied by her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, while Prince William follows his father on horseback.

Members of the Royal Family depart Buckingham Palace

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:45 , Holly Evans

Members of the Royal Family have departed Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour parade, with Prince Edward and his wife and daughter Lady Louise leading the procession.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have also departed, with the Prince and Princess of Wales due to appear in a glass carriage.

King Charles and Queen Camilla pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:39 , Holly Evans

King Charles and Queen Camilla pictured ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony (James Manning/PA Wire)
King Charles and Queen Camilla pictured ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony (James Manning/PA Wire)

Trooping the Colour parade gets underway

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:35 , Holly Evans

The Trooping the Colour procession, which is to celebrate the King’s official birthday, has begun with members of the Irish Guards march along The Mall.

Members of the Irish Guards take part in the procession (James Manning/PA Wire)
Members of the Irish Guards take part in the procession (James Manning/PA Wire)
The official mascot of the Irish Guard, a wolfhound Seamus has been a mascot at the event for three years (James Manning/PA Wire)
The official mascot of the Irish Guard, a wolfhound Seamus has been a mascot at the event for three years (James Manning/PA Wire)

Behind the scenes at Trooping the Colour

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:31 , Holly Evans

The British Army have shared a video on social media of troops preparing for Trooping the Colour, one of the highlights of the royal calendar.

More pictures as Trooping the Colour due to begin

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:24 , Holly Evans

Defence secretary Grant Shapps pictured at Trooping the Colour (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
Defence secretary Grant Shapps pictured at Trooping the Colour (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
The Band of the Grenadier Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
The Band of the Grenadier Guards march along The Mall towards Horse Guards Parade (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

Political artist says royal family are ‘an anchor for uncertain times’

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:21 , Holly Evans

Political artist Kaya Mar was among spectators gathered to watch the royal procession down The Mall.

The 67-year-old had brought two oil paintings, one of the King and another of the Princess of Wales, her husband and their children.

Mr Mar said: “The royal family are like an anchor for uncertain times – especially when you see the mess of politicians.”

He added: “They are the only steady political institution amid the turmoil in the United Kingdom and, really, what is the only steady institution for the future of this country?

“It’s still royalty. They’re harmless. They’re not politicians. Whether you’re right, left, middle, whatever it is, you look up to them.”

The artist said his painting of Kate, which invoked Biblical imagery comparing her to Mary, was intended to poke fun at the “religious fervour” he thought surrounded the birth of her most recent child, Prince Louis, in 2018.

Kate pictured arriving with Prince William and three children

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:17 , Holly Evans

Kate seen for the first time arriving at Buckingham Palace (AFP via Getty Images)
Kate seen for the first time arriving at Buckingham Palace (AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Louis has also been spotted alongside his siblings (Getty Images)
Prince Louis has also been spotted alongside his siblings (Getty Images)

Princess of Wales seen arriving at Buckingham Palace

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:13 , Holly Evans

The Princess of Wales has been seen arriving at Buckingham Palace in a car ahead of Trooping the Colour.

A brief glimpse of Kate showed her wearing a pale dress with a hat, with the princess expected to appear on the balcony alongside the Royal Family.

Crowds brave the rain ahead of procession

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:11 , Holly Evans

Crowds with umbrellas wait in the rain to see the Royal Family (James Manning/PA Wire)
Crowds with umbrellas wait in the rain to see the Royal Family (James Manning/PA Wire)
Crowds have gathered with umbrellas ahead of the procession (James Manning/PA Wire)
Crowds have gathered with umbrellas ahead of the procession (James Manning/PA Wire)

Full statement from Kate ahead of Trooping the Colour

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:04 , Holly Evans

In a statement the Princess of Wales said: “I have been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months. It really has made the world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times.

“I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days. 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.

“My treatment is ongoing and will be for a few more months. On the days I feel well enough, it is a joy to engage with school life, spend personal time on the things that give me energy and positivity, as well as starting to do a little work from home.

Kate released a new picture alongside the statement (Matt Porteous)
Kate released a new picture alongside the statement (Matt Porteous)

“I’m looking forward to attending The King’s Birthday Parade this weekend with my family and hope to join a few public engagements over the summer, but equally knowing I am not out of the woods yet.

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

“Thank you so much for your continued understanding, and to all of you who have so bravely shared your stories with me.”

Watch: Princess of Wales’ last public appearance ahead of Trooping the Colour return

Saturday 15 June 2024 10:02 , Holly Evans

Watch: Princess of Wales’ last public appearance ahead of Trooping the Colour return

Live: Trooping the Colour parade marks King Charles' official birthday

Saturday 15 June 2024 09:54 , Holly Evans

Watch live: Trooping the Colour parade marks King Charles’ birthday