The Princess of Wales penned a poignant letter to the Irish Guards to extend her best wishes while she misses this year’s Colonel’s Review in London, the rehearsal for the annual Trooping the Colour parade. 

As the Princess now occupies the role of honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards, Kate offered her apologizes for not being in person to take the salute.


The position is a relatively new one for the princess who was only appointed to the role by King Charles last year.

In Kate’s letter, the princess offers her pride at the regiment and notes her admiration for the Irish Guards and their strict drill practice, polished uniforms and dedication to their roles. She says she appreciates the fact that the unit has been practicing for months ahead of the TTC parade. 

The Irish Guards shared Kate’s letter on a social media post complete with her signature and letterhead.

The princess concluded the note with her best wishes for the regiment saying, “Being your colonel remains a great honor and I am very sorry that I’m unable to take the salute at this year’s Colonel’s Review. Please pass my apologies to the whole Regiment, however I do hope that I am able to represent you all once again very soon.”

The princess closed the letter by writing, “Colonel Catherine.”

Despite the apology letter, many royal fans are hoping the princess might make a brief appearance at the Trooping Parade and hoping she might be well enough for a brief balcony wave.

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