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Inside Kate Middleton's Last Appearances Before Her Surgery

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In shocking royal news, Kensington Palace shared in January that Kate Middleton underwent planned abdominal surgery, and will not resume public duties for months.

"The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate. She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible; and her wish that her personal medical information remains private," the Palace said. "Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share."

They concluded, "The Princess of Wales wishes to apologise to all those concerned for the fact that she has to postpone her upcoming engagements. She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible." There's no set timeline on her return, but the Palace said it wouldn't be until after Easter at the earliest. (Easter is March 31 this year.)

In light of speculation around the Princess of Wales's health, many royal fans are curious about the last engagements Kate carried out before her surgery. Here at T&C, we took a look back at our royal coverage over the last two months and found that the Princess of Wales carried out four engagements in December, and nine in November. Here, see all of Kate's last appearances before surgery, in chronological order:

December 25, 2023

Kate's last appearance was on Christmas Day, when she joined the royal family for their annual walk to Christmas Day Services at St Mary Magdalene.

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December 8, 2023

Earlier in the month, the Princess of Wales hosted her now-annual Christmas Carol service at Westminster Abbey, where she was joined by many members of the royal family—including her kids!

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December 5, 2023

At the annual Buckingham Palace reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps, Kate stunned in a pink sequin Jenny Packham gown and the Lover's Knot Tiara.

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December 5, 2023

Earlier that same day, Kate opened the new day surgery unit at Evelina London children’s hospital, wearing a dark blue pantsuit.

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November 30, 2023

The Prince and Princess of Wales had a date night at the 2023 Royal Variety Performance, where they were joined by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden.

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November 21, 2023

At a state banquet in honor of President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon-hee of South Korea, Kate debuted the Strathmore Rose Tiara from the royal archives.

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November 21, 2023

Earlier in the day, she wore a striking red outfit for the ceremonial welcome of the South Korean president to the UK.

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November 15, 2023

The Princess hosted her Shaping Us National Symposium, in a vibrant purple pantsuit. “It isn’t enough therefore to simply wish for a better world,” she said during her keynote speech. “We must acknowledge and address the root cause of some of today’s toughest social challenges and work together to find better answers.”

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November 12, 2023

The Princess was at the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph, as she goes every year with the royal family.

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November 11, 2023

Kate attended the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, wearing the late Queen Elizabeth's three-strand pearl necklace.

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November 8, 2023

In August, the Princess was appointed the Colonel-in-Chief of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, and in early November, she visited the regiment for the first time, and was decked out in a camouflage jacket, vest, and helmet.

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November 2, 2023

At the start of the month, William and Kate visited Scotland, and had a very active day—including mountain biking. The Princess of Wales looked casual in a Burberry quilted jacket and jeans.

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November 1, 2023

To kick off November (and her first engagement after a two week break, for her kids' school break), Kate made a surprise appearance on a "Dad Walk" in North London, joining a group of fathers called the "Dadvengers."

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