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Kate Middleton Breaks Months-Long Silence After Surgery, Poses for Family Pic Without Wedding Ring

Kate Middleton resurfaced for Mother’s Day in her first official public sighting since the Princess’ surgery weeks ago.

She was seen in a casual look next to her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, in a portrait captured by Prince William in honor of Mother’s Day.

In the family photo the Princess of Wales, 42, is seen without her wedding ring or any other jewelry.

This is the first update from Kensington Palace since Kate’s surgery. She thanked her supporters for the well wishes as she recuperated.

“Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months. Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day,” she wrote to fans, signing off as ‘C’ for Catherine.

C donned denim a field jacket as she wrapped her arms around Charlotte, 8, and Louis, 5, on either side with George, 10, hugging Mom from behind.

The mom has taken a break from the royal spotlight as she convalesces from “planned abdominal surgery” on January 16.

The last high-profile appearance she made was at Sandringham on Christmas Day, leading to much speculation during her absence over the past two months.

The procedure was deemed a success on January 29 as the Princess returned to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor and reunited with her children after two weeks apart.

TMZ spotted Kate last Monday in the passenger seat of a black Audi 4×4 with her mom, Carole Middleton, wearing dark sunglasses and hiding her face from view.

While the photo made its rounds in US media, Kensington Palace implored UK presses to withhold publishing the image in the interest of the royal family’s privacy.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace commemorated Mother’s Day by sharing a photo of King Charles kissing the hand of his late mother Queen Elizabeth II, taken following a polo match in 1985.

“Wishing all Mothers, and those who are missing their Mums today, a peaceful Mothering Sunday,” the King’s message read.

UPDATE:

The world’s biggest photo agencies tonight said a photograph issued by Kensington Palace of the Princess of Wales and her three children had been “manipulated”.

The Associated Press (AP) Reuters, Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Getty Images all separately issued a “kill notice” to media organisations around the globe, confirming they had each deleted the image from their individual libraries. Sources said the agencies believed the image, said by Kensington Palace to have been taken last week in Windsor, showing the Princess and their three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, nine and Prince Louis, five, had been edited from the original.

A notice from the Associated Press read: “At closer inspection it appears that the source has manipulated the image.”

READ 31 COMMENTS
  • vickie says:

    once again …give me a break……….when having surgery you dont wear your jewelry of any kind….she can do whatever she wants…give her a break and stop the stupidity..who mentioned this or noticed it…get a life..

  • jay says:

    I don’t always wear my ring around the house. I can see this happening to me. People need to get a life.

  • FLA-GAL says:

    Other than the OBVIOUS FACT that we’ve all known forever–that the media lies and manipulates things– why TF should we even care if HRH Catherine, Princess of Wales is wearling ANY jewelry? She just had MAJOR f’in surgery for christs sake!

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