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Princess Catherine joins royals for first public appearance since cancer diagnosis

Princess of Wales celebrates King Charles' official birthday

By Allen Cone
Britain's Prince George (from left), William Prince of Wales, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Catherine Princess of Wales watch a flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the annual Trooping the Colour parade in London, Britain, on Saturday. Photo by Tolga Akman/EPA-EFE
1 of 5 | Britain's Prince George (from left), William Prince of Wales, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Catherine Princess of Wales watch a flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the annual Trooping the Colour parade in London, Britain, on Saturday. Photo by Tolga Akman/EPA-EFE

June 15 (UPI) -- Princess Catherine participated with other royals for the celebration of King Charles III' official birthday Saturday in her first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

The 42-year-old Princess of Wales, her husband Prince William, and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, appeared on the balcony with the king and Queen Camilla to watch a Royal Air Force flyover.

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They were cheered by the spectators on a drizzling Saturday morning in London.

The Royal Family posted video of the event.

The princess earlier was driven in a state carriage with her children from Buckingham Palace to Horse Glades Parade for the Trooping the Colour.

Then they watched the events as her husband William, the Prince of Wales, rode on horseback.

In Trooping the Colour, 1,400 officers and soldiers, together with 400 musicians and 200 horses, go through the streets of London from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guard's Parade. Crowds lined the route.

The event marks the official birthday of the British sovereign for more than 260 years. Charles' actual birthday is Nov. 14, when he turned 75.

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Kate has last appeared in public on Christmas Day, which was weeks before she revealed her cancer diagnosis.

On Friday, Kate gave an update on her health, saying she had made "good progress" in her recovery, including chemotherapy. She said she was "not out of the woods yet" with several more months of treatment.

"I have been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months," she wrote. "It really has made the world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times."

Charles also has been undergoing cancer treatment since a diagnosis in February. He was allowed to resume public-facing duties in April.

"Most of us are surprised that she is here today," Katie Nicholl, an NBC News royal contributor, said. "We know that as the King and the Princess of Wales have gone through this cancer journey together, they've very much been supporting each other behind the scenes. Well this is the ultimate show of support."

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