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Princess Kate apologizes for not attending the Irish Guards' final rehearsal before the King's parade

Catherine, Princess of Wales greets the Irish Guards at their final rehearsal ahead of the Trooping of the Colour parade in honour of the King's birthday.

CBS News has already confirmed Kate will not attend the Colonel's Review, the formal dress rehearsal for the parade, held on Saturday.

In a letter shared by the Irish Guards on Christmas Day, the Princess of Wales apologised for not being able to be there in her capacity as Honorary Colonel of the Guards.

“It is a great honor to be your Colonel and I am very sorry that I will be unable to take the salute at this year's Colonels' Review,” he wrote in the letter. “Please convey my apologies to the entire regiment, although I hope to be able to represent you all once again soon.”

Letter from Britain's Princess Catherine of Wales to the Irish Guards
This handout image released on June 8, 2024, at an undisclosed location, shows a letter written by Britain's Princess Catherine of Wales to the Irish Guards.

Irish Guards, X/Handout, via REUTERS

The review is a dress rehearsal for the annual military parade held every June to mark the monarch's official birthday. King Charles III will oversee the ceremony on June 15.

It is still unclear whether Kate will attend next week's ceremony.

Kate is currently undergoing treatment. Diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He has stepped away from his public duties and is not expected to return to work until his medical team clears him. Kensington Palace has given no indication of when he might return to work. He has provided little information about his illness or treatment.

Her husband, Prince William, said last month that Kate was “doing well.”

The King, whoever that is You are getting your cancer treatmentHe has returned to public duties. He attended ceremonies this week marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe on June 6, 1944.

Rehearsal for Trooping the Colour in honor of Britain's King Charles' official birthday in London
Members of the Household Cavalry, along with Irish Guards mascot Turlough More, take part in the Colonel's Review rehearsal for Trooping the Colour.

Chris J. Ratcliffe/Reuters

Trooping the Colour is a 460-year-old tradition in which soldiers in full dress parade before the monarch with their ceremonial flags, also known as their “colours.”

Charles is expected to attend the ceremony in a carriage with Queen Camilla and watch the ceremony from a dais, as he did on horseback last year.

The Irish Guards said they were deeply moved by Kate's letter and wished her a speedy recovery.


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