• New appearance from the royal family
  • Charles and Kate were not there
  • A video message from the King came as a surprise

On Monday, March 11, 2024, the royal family gathered at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Day. Prince William (41) was particularly in the spotlight. For him, it was the first appearance after the controversy surrounding the family photo of his wife Princess Kate (42) with their three children in honour of Mother's Day.

At his side were Queen Camilla (76) and other high-ranking members of the royal family, who led the procession together.

Kate and Charles absent from Commonwealth Day

Kate, who is usually a fixture at this event, did not attend due to her recovery from abdominal surgery. However, she was spotted in the car with William shortly beforehand, as reported by the 'Daily Mail'.

King Charles was also absent on the day. He has continued to withdraw from many of his royal duties following his cancer diagnosis. Instead, he surprised everyone with a video message. 

King Charles sends video message

"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," said the monarch.

In addition to the Commonwealth Day celebrations, March 11, 2024 marked special milestones within the royal family. Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, also attended, shortly after Prince Edward celebrated his 60th birthday.

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