Kate's brave public return exposed a very private vulnerability. But, says MAUREEN CALLAHAN, it also proved why she couldn't be more different from Meghan

After months of quietly undergoing chemotherapy, the princess announced, just last Friday, that she was feeling well enough to attend the Trooping the Colour.

RICHARD EDEN: What a friend of Prince William has told me about his plans and why it's left me worried about the future of the Royal Family

The Princess of Wales on the balcony at Buckingham Palace was a sight to lift the spirits of every royalist. But there was something about Saturday's Trooping the Colour that left me uneasy.

Zara Tindall's touching words to Prince William revealed by lip reader as the future King enjoyed a 'wonderful' catch up with his cousin at Royal Ascot

Prince William shared a tender moment with Zara Tindall as she checked in on her cousin at Royal Ascot yesterday. The Prince of Wales, 41, was spotted warmly embracing Princess Anne's daughter.

I went to Royal Ascot sporting a hat from Kate's milliner, but the highlight was seeing King Charles looking so well and Lady Gabriella Windsor smiling, writes REBEKAH ABSALOM

Arriving at the Berkshire racecourse for the first time, I immediately made my way to the parade ring to secure a front-row view of the famous carriage procession, writes REBEKAH ABSALOM.

War hero, equerry, round-the-world traveller... and Princess Margaret's lover: How there was much more to Group Captain Peter Townsend than his status as the royal husband that never was

The former RAF pilot, who died 29 years ago today from stomach cancer , served King George VI from 1944 to 1952 after fighting in the Second World War.

Sealed with a royal kiss! Zara Tindall shows off her tactile side as she warmly greets fellow royals with a peck on the cheek at Ascot

Zara Tindall was snapped sharing a sweet moments of affection with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie today, greeting her cousins with a kiss as they met up while attending Royal Ascot.

Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall put on affectionate display as they attend Royal Ascot with Prince William and the Middletons

The Royal Family was out in full force today to attend the second day of the races in Berkshire. Zara Tindall, 43, was pictured warmly greeting her cousin Princess Beatrice.

Smiling Michael and Carole Middleton, who have spent months at the Princess of Wales' side, make first public appearance since Kate's cancer diagnosis at Ascot alongside other royals

Dressed in all their finery, the beaming couple looked in great spirits as they arrived side-by-side for the prestigious event at the Berkshire racecourse.

Queen Letizia is elegant in blue silk gown as she attends 10th anniversary of King Felipe's proclamation with Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia

The European royal, 51, opted for satin midi dress for today's celebration at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

Kate Middleton's parents Carole and Michael make their first public appearance since their daughter's cancer diagnosis as they don formal wear for Ascot

The Princess of Wales' mother and father - Carole and Michael Middleton - have attended the second day of Royal Ascot in Berkshire.

King of the racecourse! Charles leads the family as glamorous Zara and Princess Eugenie join him for Royal Ascot

Members of the Royal Family were photographed enjoying a day out as they attended day one of the Ascot races in Berkshire.

'You wouldn't pick her out of a crowd': The Queen's words about Sophie after they first met... but the Duchess of Edinburgh has proven to be the worthiest of wives for Prince Edward, writes NATASHA LIVINGSTONE

When Miss Rhys-Jones walked down the aisle at St George's Chapel on a warm day in the summer of 1999, she had already beaten many expectations, writes NATASHA LIVINGSTONE.

Royal Ascot revellers boozy celebrations spill out onto the streets after the opening day of the races - with police called in to lead some weary race-goers away

The popular sporting event - considered to be the crown jewel in the racing calendar - began on Tuesday and was attended by King Charles, Camilla and other members of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh share intimate new portrait as they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary, marking 25 years of married life with an affectionate new portrait.

The Royals who shop in Co-op: As Edward and Sophie celebrate 25 years together, REBECCA ENGLISH reveals the key to their barrier-breaking success

When Sophie and Edward tied the knot on June 19, 1999, they had already broken several royal barriers. As the daughter of a tyre salesman, Sophie was, to use old-fashioned parlance, a 'commoner'.

Zara Tindall stuns in patterned yellow ensemble as she is joined by her husband Mike for Royal Ascot

Zara Tindall , 43, put her best fashion foot forward in a stylish buttermilk-coloured button-up dress that featured a pointy collar and puffy blouse sleeves.

Queen Camilla's wide-brimmed headpiece gets in the way as Zara and Mike Tindall try to greet her with a kiss as the Royal Family steps out at Royal Ascot

Camilla, 76, perhaps came to regret the wide-brimmed hat she wore alongside her matching vibrant blue dress for the carriage procession at the Berkshire racecourse.

Royals rally around grieving Lady Gabriella Windsor as she gets a warm hug from Zara Tindall at Royal Ascot - after getting an invite from King Charles to take part in the carriage procession for the first time

Lady Gabriella Windsor will make her first official public appearance since the tragic death of her husband Thomas Kingston, as she joins other royals in the Royal Ascot carriage procession.

Grieving Lady Gabriella Windsor to take part in Royal Ascot carriage procession for the first time - alongside Princess Anne - days after low-key appearance at Trooping The Colour

Lady Gabriella Windsor will make her first official public appearance since the tragic death of her husband Thomas Kingston, as she joins other royals in the Royal Ascot carriage procession.

Inside Prince William's bond with the Duchess of Edinburgh: 'Supportive' Sophie displays 'maternal' pride towards the future King as she steps into the void left by Princess Diana

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Edinburgh enjoyed an intimate moment on Monday - the latest in a series showing the 'maternal' pride 'supportive' Sophie has for the heir.

Royal Ascot's most memorable moments: From Edward VIII's indiscretion to the Queen winning the Gold Cup... historian IAN LLOYD reveals all

In 1935, the future King Edward VIII was foolish enough to be pictured with his lover, Wallis Simpson (above). Although the Abdication Crisis thrust her into the public eye, she was then unknown.