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Princess Kate's Popularity Is a 'Blessing and Curse' as She Undergoes Cancer Treatments: 'We Have to Leave Her Alone Until She's Ready'

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Kate Middleton has confirmed that she will attend Trooping the Colour on Saturday in her first official royal engagement since she revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer in March.

Jun. 4 2024, Updated 4:20 p.m. ET

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Kate, Princess of Wales, could make a balcony appearance during Trooping the Colour to please everyone who wants to see her.

"Look, I think everyone just wants her to feel better and be better," royal commentator Kinsey Schofield shared. "And in this scenario, her popularity is both a blessing and a curse."

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The Princess of Wales has not undertaken a public engagement or event since Christmas Day 2023.

"We all miss the grace and kindness she brings to the monarchy, but we really have to leave her alone until she's ready to return herself, but I do," Schofield told GBN's Mark Dolan. "I'm with you. I'm praying for her recovery, and I miss seeing her. She's gorgeous and she always was. Just a burst of joy."

The Princess of Wales is not expected to take place in her active role as Colonel of the Irish Guards at a Saturday, June 8 appearance either.

Trooping the Colour is still scheduled for June 15, and King Charles III is "planning to attend" his official birthday celebration as of this writing. The monarch has been battling an unknown form of cancer since early February, and his treatments seek to limit his exposure to "large crowds." But aides close to His Majesty have confirmed the sovereign will now ride in a carriage with Queen Camilla instead of on horseback, which he did last year.

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King Charles and Princess Kate's cancer treatments have led to widespread postponements and cancelations in the royal calendar.

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Trooping the Colour marks the monarch's official birthday even though the King's actual birthday is November 14. The grand military pageant found its origins during the reign of the monarch's namesake, King Charles II, in the late 1600s. The event of today dates to the reign of King George II in 1748, with a few minor alterations over the succeeding decades.

This year's upcoming event, which is one of the most anticipated in the royal calendar, comes at a time of "crisis" for the monarchy due to a number of factors.

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The Princess of Wales' appearances at royal events is 'sorely missed' by many, which led one royal insider to state: 'everyone wants to see Princess Kate.'

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The queen consort-in-waiting underwent a "serious" abdominal surgery on January 16, which led to traces of cancer cells being found allegedly near the area of the procedure. Her Royal Highness has been receiving preventative chemotherapy treatments in the wake of the discovery, which she revealed in an "emotional" video via BBC Studios on March 22.

"No pictures of have been seen of the princess out and about," royal expert Charles Rae told an outlet. "I'm surprised that with all the people who've got camera phones that we haven't seen her, but we have to accept that that she is out and about."

"She's with her family, but the palace is making it quite clear that this should not be confused with her returning to work any time soon," the royal commentator added. "There are even some suggestions that she won't return to work probably until the autumn. And there's one suggestion that may not even be till next year. So that's slightly worrying."

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Other royals, such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, are trying to fill the gap but are having a hard time measuring up to superpopular Kate.

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