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Kate, UK’s Princess of Wales undergoes abdominal surgery

Kate, 42, was admitted to The London Clinic on Tuesday for the planned procedure.

The Princess of Wales has undergone planned abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace has said.

Kate, 42, was admitted to The London Clinic on Tuesday for the planned procedure.

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A spokesman on Wednesday said the surgery at the London Clinic was successful and the princess is expected to remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days, before returning home to continue her recovery.

Palace sources told the Times she is “doing well” as she recovers in hospital.

The announcement came shortly before it was revealed the King will attend hospital next week for treatment for an enlarged prostate. His public engagements will also be postponed for a short period while he recovers.

The recovery period required after Kate’s surgery means all her scheduled engagements will be postponed until after Easter, which falls on March 31. Heir to the throne William will combine being at Kate’s side with caring for their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and he has postponed several engagements. There will now be no international travel for the prince and princess in the coming months.

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The Palace refused to confirm what Kate was being treated for but confirmed the condition was non-cancerous.

Kate is close to her family, and her parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa Matthews and James Middleton are set to rally round and help support her recovery at the Waleses’ home in Windsor.

The Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter.

 “The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate.

“Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share.

 “The Princess of Wales wishes to apologise to all those concerned for the fact that she has to postpone her upcoming engagements. She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible.”