Royal news - live: Meghan Markle tries new business venture as King Charles marks major return milestone

King Charles is marking a major milestone in his return to public duties today as he attends an ancient ceremony in Windsor.

The monarch has hit the ground running since he returned to public-facing royal duties at the end of April - visiting the theatre and embarking on overseas trips - as he continues treatment for cancer.

On Monday afternoon, he and the Queen attended the Garter Day service commemorating the Ladies and Knights of the ancient Order of the Garter.

Dressed in blue velvet robes and white plumed hats, the couple walked in a procession to St Georges Chapel as crowds looked on.

As the King returns to tradition, Meghan Markle has embarked on a new business venture across the Atlantic.

Friends of the Duchess of Sussex have teased an unlikely product she may be launching as part of her lifestyle brand American Riviera Orchard.

Polo player and good friend of Meghan and Prince Harry, Nacho Figueras shared an image of his dog with some bone-shaped treats that appear to have been sent by the duchess alongside some jam.

The container adorned the same typography and beige bow Meghan uses for her trademark jams.

Key Points

  • King and Queen attend Garter Day ceremony

  • Meghan Markle on new business venture

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

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

  • Kate smiles and waves at crowds ahead of balcony appearance

Ceremony over

15:46 , Athena Stavrou

The King and Queen are leaving St Georges Chapel as the Garter Day service comes to a close.

Pictured: King and Queen arrive at Garter Day service

15:06 , Athena Stavrou

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive to attend the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire)
King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive to attend the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire)
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(Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire)
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(Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tony Blair among famous faces at ceremony

15:00 , Athena Stavrou

Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber and former prime minister Tony Blair are among the famous faces included in todays procession of the Order of the Garter.

Dressed in white plumed hats and dark blue velvet robes they were looked upon by crowds as they walked into St George’s Chapel in front of the King and Queen.

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King and Queen arrive

14:54 , Athena Stavrou

King Charles and Queen Camilla have arrived at this year’s Garter Day service.

Adorned in dark blue velvet robes, which are traditionally worn for the ceremony, the couple walked down the hill from the Berkshire castle’s State Apartments to St George’s Chapel.

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Who is at the service?

14:49 , Athena Stavrou

Ahead of the King and Queen arriving at today’s service, there are some other familiar royal faces already present.

Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, is at the service alongside the Lady Rose Gilman, the daughter of the Duchess of Gloucester whom is being invested at today’s ceremony.

Who will be honoured at today’s service?

14:43 , Athena Stavrou

Founded in 1348 by Edward III, the Garter is awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public service and achievement.

Garter Day sees Ladies and Knights of the Order of the Garter – the country’s oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry – process down the hill from the Berkshire castle’s State Apartments to St George’s Chapel, dressed in white plumed hats and dark blue velvet robes, watched by crowds of onlookers.

The installation of new Companions of the Order will take place during the service.

Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Lord Kakkar and emeritus professor of surgery at University College London are both being invested as Knight Companions, alongside the Duchess of Gloucester as a Royal Lady of the Garter

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(via REUTERS)

Crowds gather for Garter Day service

14:40 , Athena Stavrou

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(Chris Jackson/PA Wire)
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(Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Guards arrive at Garter Day ahead of King’s appearance

14:09 , Athena Stavrou

Household Cavalry Guards have arrived at Windsor Castle ahead of King Charles’ appearance at Garter Day celebrations.

Charles and Camilla are set to attend this year’s ceremony as the King continues his busy schedule upon his return from cancer treatment.

The monarch is expected to join onlookers as Ladies and Knights of the Order of the Garter – the country’s oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry – process down the hill from the Berkshire castle’s State Apartments to St George’s Chapel, dressed in white plumed hats and dark blue velvet robes, watched by crowds of onlookers.

The palace said Charles, Camilla and members of the royal family will depart by carriage afterwards and return to the castle.

Fathers Day messages from three royal generations

13:55 , Athena Stavrou

Three generations of the royal family paid tribute to their fathers on Sunday in a number of heartwarming tributes.

George, Charlotte and Louis penned their first social media post paying tribute to their father Prince William, while the Prince of Wales himself shared a throwback snap of him and the King.

The palace also paid tribute to Charles’ late father, Prince Phillip, as they shared a sweet video on their social media page of him playing with his young son.

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.”

When will American Riviera Orchard be available to shop?

13:30 , Athena Stavrou

Just hours before the King and the royal family – including Kate Middleton – stepped out for The Tropping of The Colour in London this weekend, Meghan Markle soft launched two more products from her long-awaited lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard.

Weeks after the former royal gifted 50 jars of strawberry jam to influencers across the US, she has now sent close friends raspberry jam jars and dog biscuits, giving us a sneak peak of what’s to come.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any information at this stage for when the products will be available to shop. What we do know though is that a trademark application for American Riviera Orchard was filed on 2 February 2024, so we can expect it’ll be a number of weeks before we can shop Markle’s products.

‘Happy Father’s Day, Pa’ – William’s message to King marks break of tradition

12:51 , Athena Stavrou

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

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 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.

Later that same year William would gain a younger brother, with the Duke of Sussex born in September.

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Full story: Meghan Markle moves on from jam to dog biscuits as she teases latest American Riviera Orchard product

12:11 , Athena Stavrou

Meghan Markle appears to have ventured away from jam and towards pet food as her friends tease new dog biscuits sent by the duchess.

The new product is the second confectionary soft-launched by the Duchess of Sussex under her lifestyle brand American Riviera Orchard.

Fans spotted the new product as her friends took to social media to share their pictures of their dogs enjoying the treat on Saturday.

Polo player and good friend of Meghan and Prince Harry, Nacho Figueras shared images of a new flavour of American Riviera Orchard jam to his Instagram story.

He later shared a picture of his dog next to a jar of bone-shaped treats adorning the same marketing as Meghan’s jam.

Read the full story here:

Meghan Markle moves onto dog biscuits with new American Riviera Orchard range

New dog biscuits teased under Meghan Markle’s brand

11:20 , Athena Stavrou

Meghan Markle appears to have ventured away from jam and towards pet food as her friends tease new dog biscuits sent by the duchess.

The new product is the second confectionary launched by the Duchess of Sussex under her lifestyle brand American Riviera Orchard.

Fans spotted the new product as her friends took to social media to share their pictures of their dogs enjoying the treat on Saturday.

Polo player and good friend of Meghan and Prince Harry Nacho Figueras shared images of a new flavour of American Riviera Orchard jam to his Instagram story.

He later shared a picture of his dog next to a jar of bone-shaped treats adorning the same marketing as Meghan’s jam.

The label container displated the same typography and the two products shared the same beige coloured bow.

George, Charlotte and Louis make social media debut

11:06 , Athena Stavrou

The three children of the Prince and Princess of Wales penned their first ever social media post on Sunday as they shared their appreciation for their father.

Stood smiling next to Prince William, the Princess of Wales shared a picture of her husband and their three children George, Charlotte and Louis to social media the following day.

The post reads: “We love you, Papa. Happy Father’s Day”, followed by two red hearts and signed “G, C & L”.

What is Garter Day?

09:40 , Athena Stavrou

Founded in 1348 by Edward III, the Garter is awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public service and achievement.

Garter Day sees Ladies and Knights of the Order of the Garter – the country’s oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry – process down the hill from the Berkshire castle’s State Apartments to St George’s Chapel, dressed in white plumed hats and dark blue velvet robes, watched by crowds of onlookers.

King Charles and Camilla will join this year’s celebrations alongside other members of the royal family.

The installation of new Companions of the Order will take place during the service.

Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Lord Kakkar, emeritus professor of surgery at University College London are both being invested as Knight Companions alongside the Duchess of Gloucester as a Royal Lady of the Garter.

The palace said Charles, Camilla and members of the royal family will depart by carriage afterwards and return to the castle.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla attending the annual Order of the Garter Service last year. (John Phillips/PA Wire)
King Charles III and Queen Camilla attending the annual Order of the Garter Service last year. (John Phillips/PA Wire)

King and Queen to attend Garter Day ceremony

07:46 , Athena Stavrou

The King will attend the annual Garter Day service at Windsor Castle as the busy royal summer period begins in earnest.

He will join the Queen and other members of the royal family at the traditional celebration commemorating the ancient Order of the Garter on Monday.

His appearance comes just two days after the Trooping the Colour ceremony where the King was joined by fellow cancer patient the Princess of Wales.

Garter Day sees Ladies and Knights of the Order of the Garter – the country’s oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry – process down the hill from the Berkshire castle’s State Apartments to St George’s Chapel, dressed in white plumed hats and dark blue velvet robes, watched by crowds of onlookers.

The palace said Charles, Camilla and members of the royal family will depart by carriage afterwards and return to the castle.

The installation of new Companions of the Order – including composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber who has been made a Knight Companion – will take place during the service.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attend Garter Day in 2008 (Getty Images)
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attend Garter Day in 2008 (Getty Images)

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”.

The Princess confirmed on Friday that she would be in attendance for events at Buckingham Palace.

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

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

04:00 , 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.

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

02:00 , 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”.

The Princess confirmed on Friday that she would be in attendance for events at Buckingham Palace.

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

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

Monday 17 June 2024 00:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

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.

Kate, 42, had announced on Friday that she would be attending the King’s official birthday parade at the weekend, with the event marking her first public appearance since she announced her cancer diagnosis in March and had abdominal surgery in January. Follow The Independent’s live reporting on the Trooping the Colour procession here.

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

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

Sunday 16 June 2024 22:00 , 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 20:00 , Maryam Zakir-Hussain

The Buckingham Palace balcony line up: Who’s who

Sunday 16 June 2024 18:00 , 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 14:45 , Holly Evans

Princess Eugenie releases Father’s Day post

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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.

Read the full article here:

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

Princess’s new family photo

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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

Sunday 16 June 2024 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”.

Read the full article here:

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.

Read the full article here:

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.

Read the full article here:

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.