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King diagnosed with cancer, Palace announces

05 Feb 2024 3 minute read
King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Photo Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The King has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The Palace confirmed the disease, which is not prostate cancer, was discovered while the King was being treated in hospital for an enlarged prostate.

The King has started a schedule of regular treatments, but has been advised to postpone his public-facing duties.

The Palace declined to confirm the type of cancer.

Out-patient treatment

He will carry on working behind the scenes on state business and official papers, and returned from Sandringham to London on Monday to commence treatment as an out-patient.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted.

“Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.

“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.

“Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.

“The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure.

“He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.

“His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”

Treatment

Charles, 75, was discharged from the London Clinic a week ago after undergoing treatment on an enlarged prostate.

The shock news is the latest health scare to hit the royal family at the start of 2024, coming after the King’s hospital stay, the Princess of Wales’s major abdominal surgery and Sarah, Duchess of York’s diagnosis of skin cancer.

Buckingham Palace announced on January 16 that the King was to have treatment for an enlarged prostate, but that the condition was benign.

The Palace announced the King’s cancer diagnosis at 6pm on Monday.

Charles, who acceded to the throne just 17 months ago, was last seen on Sunday when he attended church in Sandringham.

Saddened

Mark Drakeford , the First Minister of Wales, has wished the King a “full and swift recovery” following his cancer diagnosis.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, he said: “I’m saddened to hear the news that HM King Charles III is facing further health challenges.

“My thoughts and those of people across Wales will be with him and his family this evening.

“I send my very best wishes as he starts treatment for a full and swift recovery.

“Gwellhad buan.”

Plaid Cymru leader Rhun ap Iorwerth said: “Cancer cruelly touches the lives of so many families. His Majesty The King is to be commended for his openness in discussing his diagnosis. I wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

In a post on X, Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd wrote:  “Sending my best wishes to His Majesty for a speedy recovery. Sharing this news is real leadership and I hope it will encourage others to get checked.”


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Riki
Riki
4 months ago

King of England!!!, is he the only king on the planet? No! Is he a Brythonic King? No! So it’s not “King is diagnosed”, but rather the King of England.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago

As a passionate Republican care not about the Monarch & Royal Family as it an institution and democracy are incompatible with one another. But from a humanist point of view, show no Ill will towards him or his family and hope that he has a speedy recovery for his and their sake, as I do all who has had the recent news of a cancer diagnosis or currently going through treatment themselves having myself lost many family members including my dear father to throat cancer, know all too well how harrowing and devastating it is to witness a loved one… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Y Cymro
Linda Jones
Linda Jones
4 months ago

My heart goes out to anyone diagnosed with cancer and having to undergo the gruelling treatment that follows. However at least the King of England will get first class and prompt treatment unlike the rest of us left languishing on NHS waiting lists because of a lack of appropriate investment caused by greed and corruption at the top.

hdavies15
hdavies15
4 months ago
Reply to  Linda Jones

Almost embarrassing to watch a variety of talking heads on various news programmes going on about various procedures that Charles is likely to undergo. Lucky man, they found something wrong and bingo he’s back in the workshop and getting the preliminary work done. Ordinary joes and janes in the rest of the country join the lucky dip queue for NHS and meet consultants/surgeons some of whom glibly suggest that going private can accelerate a solution.

Thank you to all those politicians who think that rearranging the deckchairs suffices.

CapM
CapM
4 months ago

The TV news especially the BBC’s went overboard with this story yesterday. To be expected and the talking heads trotted out mostly had little or even less medical expertise. 1.Given this. 2.The desire to make it a the human interest story that viewers can buy into and relate to. 3.Charles Windsor who is a fan of alternative medicine appointed Dr Michael Dixon, an advocate of alternative medicine as head of the Royal Medical Household. 4.The alternative medicine industry is active in trying to get their services accepted by the NHS and so paid for by the NHS. There’s a danger… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  CapM

Don’t be too sure…there is always a grain of truth.

Next time you enter YG or any hospital, NHS or Spire, take a prayer book with you…

CapM
CapM
4 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

“there is always a grain of truth”
Placebo effect

Prayer book, rabbit’s foot, crystal, voodoo charm – take your pick.

Last edited 4 months ago by CapM
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  CapM

So what about Sepsis, MRSA, C,dif, E.coli and Norovirus, acts of God or a hospital acquired infection…

CapM
CapM
4 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I don’t understand what point you’re making.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  CapM

I’m speaking from my seven decades of experience of all manner of treatments, I hesitate to suggest that you may be a little narrow in your thinking…

CapM
CapM
4 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Charles Windsor’s thinking is wide enough for him to think that talking to plants affects their growth. He’s appointed Dr Dixon who’s positive about alternative treatments whose effectiveness is far from proven but nevertheless have a cost to them. The alternative medicine industry is keen for the NHS to bankroll these treatments. I’ve just watched a Youtube clip of a reflexologist showing how applying pressure just below the gap between the index and second fingers can improve eye problems. Such a treatment could be assumed by some to have helped clear up a case of conjunctivitis even though conjunctivitis can… Read more »

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