King's Birthday Parade to Go On: Charles III Is 'Planning to Attend' Trooping the Colour Despite Cancer Battle

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King Charles and the senior royals at Trooping the Colour 2023.

Mar. 19 2024, Published 5:59 p.m. ET

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Trooping the Colour is still scheduled for June 15, and King Charles III is "planning to attend" his official birthday celebration as of this writing. The monarch has been battling an unknown form of cancer since early February, and his treatments seek to limit his exposure to "large crowds." But aides close to His Majesty are said to be working overtime to develop ways in which the King can take part in the ceremony if there is no change in his condition.

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Source: MEGA

King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Trooping the Colour, 2023.

This news comes after a palace source told an outlet, "There are a number of key events His Majesty would love to attend coming up in the diary, and this is at the top of the list."

Another royal source spilled that there is "likely no way the King could take the salute on horseback this year," which is what Charles III did for his first Trooping the Colour in June 2023. Therefore, one such modification being floated around is his use of a carriage, which is what the late Queen Elizabeth II chose to do from 1987 until 2019.

It is also currently unknown if Kate, Princess of Wales, will attend the event, even though she is still expected to return to royal duties "after Easter," as Kensington Palace originally announced in January.

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Source: MEGA

A then-Prince Charles with Queen Elizabeth II during her final Trooping the Colour ceremony, June 2022.

Trooping the Colour marks the monarch's official birthday even though the King's actual birthday is November 14. The grand military pageant found its origins during the reign of the monarch's namesake, King Charles II, in the late 1600s. The event of today dates to the reign of King George II in 1748, with a few minor alterations over the succeeding decades.

This year's upcoming event, which is one of the most anticipated in the royal calendar, comes at a time of "crisis" for the monarchy due to a number of factors.

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Senior royals pose for a photograph on the even of Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral, September 18, 2022.

Numerous royal analysts and some historians have reported that King Charles' monarchy "had good intentions" when wanting to "adapt to the times," but "missed the entire point of Queen Elizabeth II's reign." The King and Prince William have been accused of "letting too much daylight in upon magic," which has caused a closer lens to fall on what makes the monarchy tick.

A former courtier to Elizabeth II shared that His Majesty's reign is missing the "glamour, exalted status, pomp, pageantry, and living, breathing fairy tale opulence to stun the senses."

With the recent scaling back of royal events in the wake of the King and the Princess of Wales' conditions, there are some who fear this year's Trooping the Colour could even be canceled.

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King Charles III acceded to the British throne on September 8, 2022.

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GBN reported on the King's Birthday Parade.

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