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Kate Middleton, King Charles attend Trooping the Colour amid cancer battles

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This year’s Trooping the Colour looks very different to previous years.

King Charles III and his daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, attended the public celebrations in style despite ongoing health issues.

Saturday’s celebration will mark Kate’s first public appearance since announcing her cancer diagnosis in March, and the 42-year-old’s first official outing since Christmas.

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Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (right) arrives at Buckingham Palace with Britain’s Prince William (left) and Prince George (center) ahead of Trooping the Colour, the King’s Birthday Parade, in London on June 15, 2024. (Henry Nichols/AFP via Getty Images)

Eager crowds took photos of the princess with their mobile phones as she made her first appearance on The Mall, a ceremonial road in the City of Westminster in central London.

This year also marks Prince Charles’ second military flag ceremony as monarch since the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, in 2022. Prince Charles, 75, is undergoing treatment for an undisclosed cancer.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge made her tentative return to public life for the first time since her cancer diagnosis, attending a military flag parade in central London. (Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)

The Military Standard Ceremony takes place every June to celebrate the monarch’s birthday, regardless of when that day actually falls. This annual event is highlighted by the ceremonial presentation of the military standard or “standard”.

“Ironically, the first military colour procession was started by King Charles II in the 1600s,” he said. “King,” He told Fox News Digital.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives with Britain’s Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Horse Guards Parade for Trooping the Colour, the King’s Birthday Parade, in London on June 15, 2024. (Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)

“But the date didn’t change until 1901, when King Edward VII inherited the throne from his mother, Queen Victoria,” Andersen explained. “Charles III’s birthday was in November. King Edward’s birthday was also in November, but he didn’t like the weather at the time, so he said, ‘It would be much better to have the parade in June.’ So they changed the date to the first week in June, the first or second Saturday, and it’s been that way ever since.”

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, participates in the Marching With Colour in London, England on June 15, 2024. The Marching With Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British monarch. The event involves more than 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from 10 different bands and drum corps march and play in perfect harmony. (Samir Hussain/WireImage)

“The Queen uses this [day] “As a way of connecting with the people,” Andersen continued, “… she never missed a flag ceremony. In her 70-year reign, she only missed one flag ceremony once, in 1955, because it was cancelled. The whole event was cancelled because of a railroad strike… She attended whenever she could.”

according to Royal WebsiteMore than 14,000 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together to celebrate the monarch’s birthday, and the highlight of the parade is the royal family on horses and carriages.

Portrait of Charles II

A stately portrait of Charles II (1630–1685), King of England and Scotland from 1660 to 1685. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The palace previously confirmed that Prince Charles will sit in the carriage next to Camilla.

At last year’s flag ceremony, Prince Charles rode on horseback alongside Princes William and Edward.

King Edward VII rides horse at the flag-raising ceremony

Edward VII (centre) and his son, the Duke of York, returning from a flag ceremony in London. (London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“In 1981, [the queen] “The Queen was in uniform and riding a horse when an individual, who was a bit crazy, fired a shotgun near the horse,” Andersen said. “The horse went wild in the middle of the parade, right in front of everyone. The Queen managed to get the horse under control. It was a great moment for the royal family because it showed that the Queen was still in full control.”

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King Charles on horseback between Prince William and Princess Anne.

King Charles III (centre), dressed in the uniforms of the Welsh Guards, Prince William, Prince of Wales (Colonel of the Welsh Guards) (left), and Princess Anne Royal (Colonel of the Blues and Royals) (right), leave Buckingham Palace on horseback to attend the Flag Ceremony in London, England on June 17, 2023. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

“… I remember attending Queen Elizabeth’s silver wedding anniversary in 1977,” Andersen says, “and it was her 25th anniversary on the throne. She was always photographed riding a horse.”

The King, his heir to the throne and Princess Anne will likely sport military uniforms, but the female members of the royal family, including Queen Camilla, the Princess of Wales, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, will likely show off royal fashion with stylish and eye-catching hats.

Queen Elizabeth on horseback as police rush to the scene

As Queen Elizabeth II was riding down Mar Street, calming her horse, gunfire was heard and police sprung into action. (PA Images via Getty Images)

The Prince and Princess of Wales’ three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, have previously garnered attention for their adorable moments on the palace balcony. Other royals who may make an appearance on the palace balcony include Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, the Duke of Kent, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in a horse-drawn carriage at the flag ceremony

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be attending Trooping the Colour this year. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not invited to Trooping the Colour for the second year in a row, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in 2020 and moved to California.

It is unclear whether Prince Andrew will attend Trooping the Colour. The Duke of York announced in 2019 that he would step back from senior royal duties following his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier and convicted sex offender.

Queen Elizabeth II was seen in full uniform standing between Prince Charles and Prince Andrew on the palace balcony.

Former Prince Charles (left), Queen Elizabeth II (center), and Prince Andrew, Duke of York (right) watch the flyover of the airship from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Flying Flag Ceremony in London, England on June 8, 2019. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

According to the Palace, the King will arrive at a Household Cavalry Parade at the White House. He will be greeted with a royal salute before inspecting the soldiers. A military band will play, and the regimental color will be carried along the line of soldiers. The parade commander will direct hundreds of soldiers using more than 100 commands.

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Aerial photo of the military flag parade

Trooping the Colour is a traditional parade held to celebrate the official birthday of the British monarch. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The palace said the guards will pass in front of the King, who will then lead the soldiers back to Buckingham Palace and salute again. The King will then join other members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flyover by the Royal Air Force. The event will conclude with a 41-gun salute in Green Park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.