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As Princess Kate undergoes abdominal surgery at the London Clinic, a select group of senior working royals is poised to assume responsibilities until her recovery. Notably, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Duchess Sophie are expected to cover for Princess Kate during her two-week recuperation period.

Kensington Palace announced on Wednesday that Princess Kate’s surgery would keep her away from public duties until after Easter. In a supportive move, Prince William has canceled his royal engagements to be with his wife and tend to their three children during her recovery.

Following Princess Kate’s health update, Buckingham Palace revealed that King Charles would undergo surgery the following week for an enlarged prostate. Although the monarch is expected to continue working from the hospital, Queen Camilla will support him during his recovery.

In the event of the monarch’s absence, the Counsellors of State step in to represent or undertake duties. The current Counsellors include the monarch’s spouse and the next four individuals in line over the age of 21: the Queen, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice. However, only working members of the Firm can act as Counsellors of State, excluding Prince Harry and Prince Andrew.

With this limitation, a handful of senior working royals, including Princess Anne, who was recognized as the hardest-working royal in 2023, are expected to manage the workload during the absence of the monarch and Princess Kate. The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and Sophie, are also anticipated to contribute, given their increasing roles within the Firm.

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