Princess Kate Middleton smiling in the first official post-surgery photo

The Princess of Wales showed herself smiling in the first photo taken after the surgery, together with her three children

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Princess Kate Middleton smiling in the first official post-surgery photo
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Her Royal Highness Her Princess of Wales Kate Middleton showed herself in the first official image after abdominal surgery last January. The X page of the Prince and Princess of Galles published on its account the first photo of Kate who, smiling and fit, is surrounded by her three children.

The photo is also followed by a message left by Kate to all those who have supported her in these difficult weeks for her and her family.

"Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the past two months. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day," wrote the post.

In recent days, photos showing Kate with her mother had been leaked, photos published by TMZ and CHI. Out of respect for privacy, the English tabloids had decided not to publish it.

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Kate should come back to a public event next June

The Prince and Princess of Wales have maintained the utmost secrecy about the illness that struck Kate, but in recent days, many British media had circulated some truly embarrassing and absurd theories about the princess' fate.

"The princess is well. Kensington Palace clarified the timing of the princess's recovery in January and we will only provide significant updates," said a spokesperson for Prince William.

Kate has not appeared in public since Christmas and is recovering at the family's Norfolk country home in Anmer Hall.

At least until Easter she will stay away from public life, in order to recover as best as possible. It has not been clarified whether the princess will participate as per tradition in the Easter service in St. George's Chapel. For now the first date for an official commitment has been set for June 8th

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