The Princess of Wales has had planned abdominal surgery at a private hospital in London, Kensington Palace has said.
The operation on Tuesday was successful and Catherine will remain in hospital for ten to 14 days, the palace said.
The palace said the princess, 42, wishes to apologise for postponing upcoming engagements.
"Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter," a statement said.
In the statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, Kensington Palace said: "Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales was admitted to The London Clinic yesterday for planned abdominal surgery.
"The 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."
The palace added that the princess is aware of the interest her surgery will generate and hopes the public "will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible".
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