Princess Catherine Appears in Public for First Time Since Cancer Diagnosis - The World News

Princess Catherine Appears in Public for First Time Since Cancer Diagnosis

Catherine, Princess of Wales, appeared in public on Saturday for the first time since her cancer diagnosis, taking part in a ceremonial parade to celebrate the birthday of her father-in-law, King Charles III.

Crowds gathered in central London to watch as the princess and her family participated in an event full of military tradition, music and pageantry. Her appearance is being welcomed as a sign of improvement in her medical condition and a significant moment for the British royal family, which suffered another blow this year when King Charles announced that he, too, had cancer.

However, when announcing late on Friday that she was well enough to attend events on Saturday, the princess made it clear that her recovery still had some way to go.

“I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days,” Catherine, 42, said in a statement released to the media. “On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting,” she added. “But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.”

Catherine traveled with her three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — in a state carriage to watch the military parade. She is also slated to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the rest of the royal family to watch a Royal Air Force flyby.

Her husband, William, the Prince of Wales, will be on horseback during the events.

Catherine was hospitalized for abdominal surgery in January and until Saturday, she had not been seen at an official event this year. In March, she said publicly that she was undergoing a course of preventative chemotherapy.

In another sign of Catherine’s progress, her office said that she had started to work occasionally from home and was meeting with her official teams when she felt able. The princess also said in her statement that she hoped to join some public engagements during the summer, while adding that she “is not out of the woods yet.”

Evidence of her recovery will be especially welcome to the royal family as her health issues coincided with those of King Charles, who was treated for cancer in January. He has started his return to public life, and last week, he attended ceremonies in France to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that presaged the end of World War II.

On Saturday, Charles, who celebrated his 75th birthday in November, rode in a carriage rather than on horseback, as is normal during the procession, known as the Trooping the Color.

The event, which has been an official celebration of the monarch’s birthday for more than 260 years, is based around a parade that starts at Buckingham Palace then travels along the Mall to Horse Guards Parade, a ceremonial parade ground by St. James’s Park, then heads back to the palace.

Once the king arrives at Horse Guards Parade, he inspects the troops, who will be wearing the ceremonial uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats. The celebration also features a 41-gun salute in Green Park.

The parade is expected to include about 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses — including three from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment that ran away and were injured in April during a rehearsal.

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