King Charles ‘determined’ to attend Trooping The Colour despite his ongoing cancer battle

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King Charles is said to be hopeful of attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony – though Palace aides are reportedly drawing up plans which would see him ditch the usual inspection on horseback

King Charles is determined to attend the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June despite his ongoing cancer battle, according to reports.

On February 5, Buckingham Palace announced that the 75-year-old king had been diagnosed with cancer after un unrelated operation for “benign prostate enlargement”.

The King has since taken a break from most public duties while he undergoes treatment, though he is thought to be continuing with behind-the-scenes work on state papers. Recently, he has also taken part in a select number of engagements, such as a pre-Budget meeting with chancellor Jeremy Hunt earlier this month.

Other members of the royal family, including Camilla, Queen Consort, have stepped up to take on extra duties in his absence.

But there is one event that he is reportedly very keen to attend – the annual Trooping The Colour parade, which will be held in London on June 15. According to the Mail Online, Palace aides are already said to be looking at ways he may be able to take part in the event – such as him watching proceedings from a podium, rather than on horseback, as is custom for a monarch.

However, it is understood that any decisions will depend the state of his health at the time, and will be made according to medical advice. Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

It comes after a spokesperson was forced to address speculation about whether Kate, Princess of Wales would attend the ceremony after an apparent slip-up by the Ministry of Defence. The MoD had put out information about the King’s annual official birthday parade, which will also have rehearsals on June 1 and June 8.

An announcement on the official website said Princess of Wales would review the troops on June 8 and invited people to book tickets – but this was abruptly removed and later replaced, with no mention made of Kate. In their original announcement about her surgery, which took place on January 17, Kensington Palace said that Kate would not resume her public duties until after Easter, though a specific return date has not yet been given.

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