Prince William replaces Prince Charles at historic D-Day event

It looks like Prince William will be standing in for his ailing father at a very important event next week.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Charles is battling cancer of an unspecified variety.

There have been conflicting reports about how well his treatments are progressing, but Charles was able to return to royal duties last month.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, waves while attending the Royal Cornwall Show on June 7, 2018 in Wadebridge, United Kingdom.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, waves while attending the Royal Cornwall Show on June 7, 2018 in Wadebridge, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim Rooke – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

However, the monarch, famous for his workaholic tendencies, has not yet regained his full strength.

Prince William replaces King Charles in key event

And so William will take his father’s place on June 6, when veterans and world leaders gather in the Normandy region of northeastern France next week.

Prince William, the Prince of Wales and King Charles III leave after the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Prince William, the Prince of Wales and King Charles III leave after the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England.
Prince William, the Prince of Wales and King Charles III leave after the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah McKay – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The event will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Omaha Beach, which drove back Nazi forces and helped bring about the end of World War II in Europe less than a year later.

According to a report by People According to the magazine, William will be the main UK figure at a meeting of 25 world leaders in Saint Laurent sur Mer, on the 80th anniversary of the Allied landing.

Joined by heads of state and D-Day veterans, William will honor the approximately 160,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers who participated in the invasion.

    Prince William, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, and King Charles III attend the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication to King Charles III and Queen Camilla, and the presentation of the Honors of Scotland, at St Giles Cathedral.  on July 5, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland.     Prince William, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, and King Charles III attend the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication to King Charles III and Queen Camilla, and the presentation of the Honors of Scotland, at St Giles Cathedral.  on July 5, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, and King Charles III attend the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication to King Charles III and Queen Camilla, and the presentation of the Honors of Scotland, at St Giles Cathedral. on July 5, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow – Pool/Getty Images)

Prince William’s expanded role

It’s a big step forward for William, who has reportedly decided to take on a larger international role amid Charles’ illness.

He will be joined by President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Charles and Queen Camilla will also be in France that day, but will only take part in a smaller ceremony honoring British troops.

King Charles III and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on November 12, 2023 in London, England.King Charles III and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on November 12, 2023 in London, England.
King Charles III and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on November 12, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Kin Cheung – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince William will not be accompanied by Kate Middleton

Experts say Prince William will make the trip without Kate Middleton by his side.

Kate is also battling cancer and there is no clear timeline for her return to royal duty.

Queen Camilla, King Charles III, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales pose for a photograph before the diplomatic reception in Room 1844 at Buckingham Palace on December 5, 2023 in London, England .Queen Camilla, King Charles III, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales pose for a photograph before the diplomatic reception in Room 1844 at Buckingham Palace on December 5, 2023 in London, England .
Queen Camilla, King Charles III, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales pose for a photograph before the diplomatic reception in Room 1844 at Buckingham Palace on December 5, 2023 in London, England . (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Buckingham Palace)

People with knowledge of the situation recently speculated that Kate could stay out of the public spotlight for the rest of 2024.

Needless to say, these are very difficult times for the entire royal family.

But it seems that William has decided to take on additional responsibility as part of his effort to guide his loved ones.

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