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The palace says Princess Kate has been hospitalized after “planned abdominal surgery.”

The palace says Princess Kate has been hospitalized after “planned abdominal surgery.”

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Kensington Palace confirmed on Wednesday that Kate, Princess of Wales, is recovering after undergoing abdominal surgery.

Kate, who turned 42 last week, was admitted to the London Clinic on Tuesday for a “planned” surgery, according to the palace.

The palace did not provide further details about the type of surgery Kate underwent, but confirmed to ABC News that the princess's medical condition was not cancerous.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the “Together at Christmas” carol service at Westminster Abbey on December 8, 2023 in London.

The surgery was “successful”, according to the palace, but Kate, wife of Prince William and mother of their three young children, is expected to remain in hospital for 10 to 14 days before returning to the family home to recover.

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The palace noted that Kate's hospitalization means she is unlikely to resume public duties “until after Easter.”

“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will arouse,” the palace said in a statement. “She hopes the public understands her desire to maintain as much normalcy as possible for her children, and her desire for her personal medical information to remain private.”

The statement continued: “The Princess of Wales would like to apologize to everyone concerned for the fact that she has had to postpone her upcoming engagements.” “It is looking forward to bringing back as many employees as possible as soon as possible.”

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Kate's last public appearance was on Christmas Day, when she joined the royals for their traditional Christmas morning Mass at Sandringham, the royal family's estate in Norfolk, England.

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Kate was seen walking to church alongside William and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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Kate, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, William, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis and Mia Tindall arrive for Christmas Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham in Norfolk, England, December 25, 2023.

William, Kate and their children now live in Windsor, where Kate is expected to spend her recovery period.

The family moved in 2022 from Kensington Palace, located in the heart of London, to Adelaide Cottage, a four-bedroom country house located in the grounds of Windsor Castle, about 20 miles outside the city.