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Catherine, Princess of Wales, hospitalized after planned surgery

Catherine, Princess of Wales, hospitalized after planned surgery Kate Middleton (Getty Images)

Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, had planned surgery on her stomach, and she will stay in the hospital for about two weeks, according to Kensington Palace, NBC News reports.

“Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to The London Clinic yesterday for planned abdominal surgery," the statement says. The palace adds that surgery was successful and "it is expected that she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery."

A 42-year-old member of the British royal family was admitted Tuesday to The London Clinic for a "planned" surgery, according to the palace.

The palace didn't specify why she had the surgery but mentioned she probably won't resume public duties until after Easter, which is on March 31. During her recovery, she will take a break from her usual busy schedule of public events.

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

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Since marrying Prince William in 2011, Kate has become an important and visible member of the royal family, as her husband will become the future king of Britain. The couple have three children: George, Charlotte, and Louis. Time magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the world in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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