Kate Middleton Shares Letter to Irish Guards: “Being Your Colonel Remains a Great Honor”

The royal missed Trooping the Colour Rehearsals

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In case you missed it, Kate Middleton skipped out on the dress rehearsal for Trooping the Colour earlier this month—and now, she's sending her apologies to the Irish Guards with a thoughtful gesture.

On Twitter, the Irish regiment took to their official Twitter account to share photos of the heartfelt letter they received from the Princess of Wales, who is also the honorary colonel of the Irish Guards. The royal wrote, "I wanted to write and let you know how proud I am of the entire regiment ahead of the Colonel's Review and Trooping of the Colour. I appreciate everyone trooping this year has been practicing for months, and dedicating many hours to ensuring their uniforms and drill are immaculate."

She continued, "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. 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 concluded the letter by writing "Quis Separabit"—a Latin motto that translates to "who shall separate us"—and signed her first name with her title, "Colonel Catherine."

The Irish Guards, who will lead King Charles's birthday parade this year, shared snaps of the group standing together in uniform and revealed they were "deeply touched" by the princess's words. They wrote, "We continue to wish Her Royal Highness well in her recovery and send Her our very best wishes."

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Understandably, following her abdominal surgery and the announcement of her cancer diagnosis, Middleton has remained out of the spotlight to focus on her health. This included missing the Trooping the Colour rehearsal, where Lieutenant General James Bucknall stepped in to take the salute. However, according to the official U.K. Army’s Household Division website, the princess will still participate in the king's birthday parade.

Per Hello! Magazine, her new role as the Colonel Irish Guards (which she received in March 2023) includes reviewing 250 soldiers from the Foot Guards and examining them along The Mall—a ceremonial route in the city of Westminster.

We can't wait to see the princess make an appearance.

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