The Return of Royal Tours: Prince William and King Charles Planning Trip to France to Honor WWII Dead This Summer

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King Charles and Prince William are expected to travel to France this summer.

Mar. 30 2024, Published 5:40 p.m. ET

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Royal travel is slowly but surely returning as William, Prince of Wales, is expected to travel with King Charles III to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, on June 6. This is expected to be the monarch's first foreign trip since he was diagnosed with cancer in early February.

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The British Crown is 'being worn' by Queen Camilla, Princess Anne and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, during King Charles and Princess Kate's illnesses.

Normandy American Cemetery will serve as the site for the commemorations, and "other senior members of the British royal family" are expected to attend as well. A palace insider revealed that it "is highly unlikely" Kate, Princess of Wales, who is also battling cancer, will show up at this event since she is likely not to appear in public "until at least September."

The Prince of Wales is said to be looking forward to the event as it is "very important to him," due to his past military service, and future role as Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces. He and the King will honor Britain's war dead at the ceremony.

This would be the first major foreign royal trip for both the King and future king this year. His Majesty and Queen Camilla last toured Kenya in the autumn of 2023, which was one of the monarch's three foreign tours during his coronation year.

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The Prince of Wales is balancing royal duties with his commitment to his wife during her cancer battle.

Prince William is expected to return to public-facing royal engagements in mid-April after both he and the Princess of Wales spend the Easter holidays with their three children, who are out of school.

King Charles' aides also shared that any public engagements featuring the monarch are "to be hoped for and planned for rather than assumed." The sovereign, along with the Queen, will attend Easter Sunday church service at Windsor Castle, which has been a royal tradition since the earliest years of the late Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

Her Majesty The Queen recently made a historic, filling-in for her spouse at this year's Royal Maundy Service on Thursday, March 28. She became the first consort to ever deputize for a monarch at the service that stretches back over 800 years in England and the U.K.

The Queen's increased role also comes during Kate, Princess of Wales' recovery from a "serious" abdominal surgery on January 16, which led to a "shocking" cancer revelation on March 22. The Prince of Wales has been preoccupied with trying to step forward and co-lead the monarchy, while also ensuring he spends time with his ailing spouse.

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Queen Camilla has increased her royal duties in the wake of King Charles and Kate, Princess of Wales,' cancer diagnoses.

"Camilla has basically had to do everything in recent months, and it is no secret that it has been tiring," a friend of the King and Queen spilled. "She has been under extraordinary pressure at a time in her life when most people are well into their retirement.

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King Charles III has been receiving treatment for cancer for nearly two months.

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GBN reported on the King and Prince of Wales's trip.

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