How Prince William supported Kate Middleton during first public appearance since cancer diagnosis

Prince William proudly stood by Kate Middleton’s side for her first public appearance of 2024.

The Prince of Wales, 41, was seen giving his wife, 42, a sweet nudge during Trooping the Colour Saturday.

“The way she looks at him, the way he leans and touches her arm. Lost in their little world🥹♥️,” one royal fan remarked of the tender moment via X Saturday.

William, who donned his ceremonial red tunic for the special event, appeared happy to finally have Middleton by his side again after attending most of his royal engagements solo the past six months.

Prince William proudly supported Kate Middleton in her first public appearance since her cancer diagnosis was revealed. Samir Hussein/WireImage
The Prince of Wales was seen leaning in toward his wife at Trooping the Colour. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Middleton, for her part, looked regal in a chic white dress designed by Jenny Packham.

All eyes were on the princess as she rode through London in a carriage with their children — Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 9, and Prince Louis, 6 — during King Charles III’s annual birthday parade.

Once they made it to Buckingham Palace, Middleton — who announced her cancer diagnosis in March — posed on the balcony for the royal family’s annual photo op.

Despite rumors the Princess of Wales wouldn’t make it to the royal event, she announced Friday that she was feeling up to it.

Middleton confirmed Friday that she would be attending King Charles III’s birthday parade. GC Images
The princess pleasantly surprised royal fans by posing with her family on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Samir Hussein/WireImage

“I’m looking forward to attending the king’s birthday parade this weekend with my family and hope to join a few public engagements over the summer, but equally knowing I am not out of the woods yet,” she said in a statement.

“I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty. Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body and allowing myself to take this much needed time to heal.”

Although Middleton assured fans that she was “making good progress” with her chemotherapy, she explained that there are still “good days and bad days.” 

“On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting,” she wrote. “But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.”

Middleton announced her cancer diagnosis in March. BBC Studios
She has been undergoing chemotherapy in recent months. Getty Images

While her “treatment is ongoing and will be for a few more months,” she has slowly started to incorporate more into her daily routine.

The mom of three said, “On the days I feel well enough, it is a joy to engage with school life, spend personal time on the things that give me energy and positivity, as well as starting to do a little work from home.”

Despite the “harder times,” Middleton thanked her supporters for their encouragement and kind messages, which “made the world of [a] difference to William and [her].”