Kate Middleton apologies to Irish regiment for missing pre-trooping event

Kate Middleton issued apologies for not being able to attend the pre-trooping color ceremony. As the Princess of Wales and the colonel of the Irish Guards, she was set to participate in King Charles’ birthday celebrations. However, due to her ongoing cancer treatment, she was unable to be present to receive the salute.

The Irish Guards shared Middleton’s letter in which she expressed her pride in her regiment. The troop, in turn, wished the princess a speedy recovery.


Content of Kate Middleton’s Letter to the Irish Regiment

On his X account, one of the Irish Guards shared the letter they received from Kate Middleton. In it, she asked for forgiveness for her absence from the practice session and conveyed her pride in the regiment. The letter read:

“I appreciate everyone trooping this year who has been practicing for months and dedicating many hours to ensuring their uniforms and drill are immaculate. Being your colonel remains a great honor, and I am very sorry that I’m unable to take the salute at this year’s Colonel’s Review.”

She further wrote, “Please pass my apologies to the whole Regiment; however, I do hope that I am able to represent you all once again very soon. Please send my very best wishes and good luck to all involved.” Middleton signed off the letter with, “Quis separabit.”


Irish Guards’ Response to Kate Middleton’s Letter

The Irish Guards responded warmly to Middleton’s message, stating, “The Irish Guards were deeply touched to receive a letter from our Colonel, Her Royal Highness, The Princess of Wales this morning. We continue to wish Her Royal Highness well in her recovery and send Her our very best wishes.”

Typically, the Princess of Wales leads the trooping ceremony and would have taken the salute at the Colonel’s review of the Irish Guards on June 8. This year, Lieutenant General James Bucknall, Colonel of the Coldstream Guards, took the salute in her place.

On March 22, Kate Middleton publicly announced her cancer treatment in a video message shared by Kensington Palace on Instagram

This poignant interaction between the Princess of Wales and the Irish Guards underscores her dedication and the mutual respect and support within the regiment.