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King Charles Diagnosed With Cancer

King Charles III
King Charles III of the United Kingdom was diagnosed with a form of cancer. Credit: House of Lords 2022 / Annabel Moeller / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0

King Charles III of the United Kingdom was diagnosed with a form of cancer during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.

King Charles, has been diagnosed with a still undisclosed type of cancer for which he began regular treatments today, Monday, February 5th.  Public duties will be postponed during treatment, Buckingham Palace has said.

According to the Palace, the king, 75, “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”

No further details have been shared in relation to the cancer or a prognosis.

The king personally told both of his sons about his diagnosis, and William, prince of Wales, is said to be in regular contact with his father. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, who now lives in the US, has spoken to the king and will be travelling to the UK to see him shortly, reports the BBC.

The cancer diagnosis comes after King Charles III was hospitalized last month to receive treatment for a benign prostate enlargement during which “a separate issue of concern was noted,” according to Buckingham Palace.

It was added that “subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.”
King Charles came to the throne in September 2022 at the age of 73 following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. He had been heir apparent for a record seventy years.

Well Wishes for King Charles Following His Cancer Diagnosis

The king had chosen to share his situation “to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer,” the Palace said.

Posting on X, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said, “Wishing His Majesty a full and speedy recovery. I have no doubt he’ll be back to full strength in no time and I know the whole country will be wishing him well.”

Leader of the Labour party Keir Starmer also wished the king a speedy recovery, saying, “On behalf of the Labour party, I wish His majesty all the very best for his recovery. We look forward to seeing him back to swift full health.”

King Charles returned to London from Sandringham in Norfolk this morning with the Palace announcing that, although he will pause his public events, the king will continue with his constitutional role as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings.”

There is a constitutional mechanism in place for when the head of state cannot carry out official duties, and in that circumstance counsellors of state can be appointed to stand in for the monarch.

At present, that would include Queen Camilla, Prince William, the Princess Royal, and Prince Edward. Prince Harry and the Duke of York are no longer classified as working royals.

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