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The Palace Announced Princess Kate Is Back Home Following Abdominal Surgery

After 13 days in hospital, the Princess of Wales has been discharged from the London Clinic following abdominal surgery and has headed home to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor to continue her recovery.

The Princess of Wales has left hospital following abdominal surgery and is at home making “good progress” as a new update on her health has been issued.

After 13 days at The London Clinic, Kate, 42, headed home to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor today to be reunited with her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. It is where she will continue her recovery from the operation, which took place on January 17. The exact details of the princess’s condition have not been revealed but it was said previously it was not cancer-related.

The Princess of Wales attended the opening of Evelina London's new children's day surgery

A statement from Kensington Palace today said: “The Princess of Wales has returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery from surgery. She is making good progress. The Prince and Princess wish to say a huge thank you to the entire team at The London Clinic, especially the dedicated nursing staff, for the care they have provided. The Wales family continues to be grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world.”

Royal sources say Kate’s return to official duties “will depend on medical advice closer to the time”. Kensington Palace previously stated the future Queen has cancelled all engagements until after Easter. Prince William had also cancelled engagements and public appearances to look after the couple’s three children while his wife was in hospital. Sources said the Prince of Wales would return to work “once the Princess of Wales’ care and recovery is settled”.

Kate, who was last seen in public on Christmas Day, will continue her recovery in Windsor, where she will need to rest but her work will continue, The Times previously reported. Normally, her days would have been made up of school runs and royal jobs, where she would have meetings with her private office, charities, or maybe with the Royal Foundation team.

READ: How Prince William Is Coping With Princess Kate’s Surgery And Recovery

Kensington Palace has contacted Kate’s 30 charities to postpone and reschedule engagements, while her assistant private secretary Natalie Barrows, has stepped up – along with William’s private secretary Jean-Christophe Gray – to help ensure her work continues. Kate’s recent work includes Shaping Up, a campaign to raise public awareness over the importance of the first five years of a child’s life.

News of Kate’s surgery was announced almost two weeks ago with Buckingham Palace triggering a double royal health scare when 90 minutes later it revealed King Charles was to be treated in hospital for an enlarged prostate. The King was also admitted to the same hospital – The London Clinic – for treatment for an enlarged prostate on Friday.

He remains in hospital and at the time of his admission royal sources said he was expected to only remain in hospital for two nights. He is also expected to take a month off public engagements, leaving the royal family further stretched. Charles decided to announce his diagnosis as he was keen to raise awareness of the condition that affects tens of thousands of men each year. The NHS said last week it had experienced an 11 fold increase in the amount of traffic to its website concerning searches for enlarged prostate and credited the King for his candour in raising awareness.

The monarch was twice visited by the Queen on Sunday, the third and fourth times she has been to see him at the private hospital since they arrived on Friday. Camilla smiled as she arrived at The London Clinic in central London by car at midday on Sunday, leaving again just over three hours later. She returned between 6pm and 7pm and was smiling as she left. Camilla told people inside the London Clinic on Friday that the King was “doing well” after the procedure.

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