Kate Middleton breaks cover after apology as Prince William puts on brave face – live updates

The Princess of Wales has been seen publicly for the first time hours after issuing a public apology for editing a family photograph taken with her children, that was released on Mother’s Day.

Kate, 42, who is recovering from abdominal surgery, was pictured in the car with her husband, the Prince of Wales, as they left Windsor in a black Land Rover. 

Prince William, 41, is joining his stepmother Queen Camilla to head up the senior royals at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London. 

It’s understood that Kate will not be joining him as she has a private appointment. 

WATCH: Prince William arrives at Commonwealth Day service

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent were among the royals in attendance.

William was seen chatting and smiling with Queen Camilla at the start of the service as the royals stood for the national anthem. 

Queen Camilla and Prince William talking© Getty
William and Camilla chatted at the start of the service

The Queen, 76, arrived at the Abbey moments after her stepson and looked beautiful in a turquoise coat with a matching hat, and two heart-shaped brooches. 

Queen Camilla wearing turquoise coat and hat © Getty
The Queen looked beautiful in turquoise

Meanwhile, the Princess Royal, 73, was accompanied by her new lady-in-waiting and her daughter Zara Tindall’s best friend, Dolly Maude. The appointments were confirmed earlier this year in the Court Circular. 

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Princess Anne attended the service with her new lady-in-waiting, Dolly Maude

Anne looked elegant in a red embroidered coat over a teal silk dress with a mint-coloured hat for the service.  

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The Princess Royal looked elegant in an embroidered coat

Charles, 75, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, pre-recorded a message in which he pledged to continue to serve the Commonwealth “to the best of my ability”.

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester attend the 2024 Commonwealth Day Service© Chris Jackson
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were among the royals to attend

His address highlighted how “diversity” was the Commonwealth’s core “strength”, and the union of 56 member countries was a “precious source of strength, inspiration, and pride” to him.

“In recent weeks, I have been most deeply touched by your wonderfully kind and thoughtful good wishes for my health and, in return, can only continue to serve you, to the best of my ability, throughout the Commonwealth,” the King said in his video message, which will feature in the service.

He added: “My belief in our shared endeavours and in the potential of our people remains as sure and strong as it has ever been.

“I have no doubt that we will continue to support one another across the Commonwealth as, together, we continue this vital journey.”

Among the 2,000 guests are Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland, the president of Malta, foreign ministers, high commissioners, senior politicians and dignitaries from across the Commonwealth, faith leaders and schoolchildren and young people from throughout the UK.

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