Update on Kate Middleton as first official engagement since surgery is announced

Reports indicate that the Princess of Wales is set to make her first official appearance since undergoing surgery, scheduled for June 8.

According to sources, Kate will oversee the Trooping the Colour ceremony on that date, just one week before the main event.

A statement posted on the official Household Division website explains, “Trooping the Colour reviewed by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales mirrors Trooping the Colour reviewed by His Majesty The King, albeit with the addition of some mounted officers when His Majesty The King is in attendance.”

The ceremony will involve more than 1400 soldiers from the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, including 400 musicians from the Massed Bands, all parading at Horse Guards for the second of two formal Reviews.

The announcement of a specific date for Kate’s return to royal duties may help alleviate concerns among those who have speculated about her health following her recent surgery. Despite reassurances from the Palace that her recovery is progressing well, the lack of detailed information has fueled speculation.

Adding to the uncertainty is the absence of public appearances by the Princess of Wales since Christmas, until a recent photograph captured her outside Windsor Castle with her mother, Carol Middleton.

This marked Kate’s first public sighting in 70 days, prompting renewed speculation, despite efforts by the Royal Family to assure the public that she is recuperating privately.