Kate Middleton: Princess of Wales to attend Trooping the Colour as first official duty, MoD says

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Kate Middleton is set to return to official duty in June, it has been confirmed

The Princess of Wales is set to return to official duty in June, according to the Ministry of Defence. Kate Middleton, who underwent abdominal surgery in January, will attend a Trooping the Colour on June 8, it said.

This announcement comes a day after she was allegedly spotted in a car with her mum near Windsor Castle - the first public appearance since December - potentially putting an end to wild internet rumours circulating for the past few weeks regarding her location and health.

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However, The Telegraph said Kensington Palace has not yet confirmed whether the Princess of Wales will attend the event in June. It said the Palace 'was not consulted ahead of the announcement'. Sources told The Telegraph said the palace would make the official announcement as and when a final decision is made.

The MoD said the King, who is undergoing cancer treatment, would also be back in action for his official birthday parade the following Saturday, June 15. Tickets have gone on sale for both events.

It was previously reported that the Princess of Wales is continuing her recovery at home in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor after undergoing the surgery at The London Clinic.

Kensington Palace has also reassured the public that Kate was making progress in her recovery. A spokesperson for the Princess of Wales told Town & Country: "Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the Princess' recovery and we'd only be providing significant updates. That guidance stands."

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According to an online ticket booking site for Trooping the Colour, the Army said the Princess of Wales will review soldiers on parade. Kate, as Colonel of the Irish Guards, will carry out the inspection during the event.

The Army’s website, which is selling tickets for the event for £15, said the Trooping the Colour attended by Kate will be the same as the parade traditionally inspected by the monarch, which this year will take place the following weekend on June 15.

The site said: “Trooping the Colour reviewed by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is identical to Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Majesty The King, with the exception that some additional mounted officers ride when His Majesty The King is present.

“Taking part will be over 1,400 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, including 400 musicians from the Massed Bands, all of whom will parade on Horse Guards for the second of two formal Reviews.

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“Trooping the Colour reviewed by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales also includes 250 soldiers from the Foot Guards who will line the processional route along The Mall. The soldiers will be inspected by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales, Colonel Irish Guards.”

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