Less than 18 months into his reign, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday that King Charles had been diagnosed with a type of cancer and would be postponing public engagements to receive treatment. Despite this, the king remained “wholly positive” about the scare.
King Charles’ Health Update and Resumption of Duties
The palace announced that 75-year-old Charles, who ascended to the throne in September 2022 after his mother Queen Elizabeth passed away, had started a course of medical treatments and expressed eagerness to resume full-time duties as soon as possible.
Charles spent three nights in the hospital last month undergoing a corrective procedure for a benign enlarged prostate, which led to the discovery of his cancer.
The palace stated the king had a “form of cancer” after tests revealed a different matter of concern had been identified during that hospital stay, but they did not provide any other information.
“No further details are being shared at this stage, except to confirm that his majesty does not have prostate cancer,” the palace stated.
“Throughout this period, his majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”
As a result, Charles and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will continue to meet, and Queen Camilla will carry on with her engagements.
Well-Wishes for King Charles from Political Figures
Rishi Sunak sent his best wishes to the King on X. “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,” he 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. https://t.co/W4qe806gmv
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) February 5, 2024
The news concerned US President Joe Biden, who stated he would speak with Charles later.
“Navigating a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship takes hope and absolute courage,” Biden stated. “Jill and I join the people of the United Kingdom in praying that His Majesty experiences a swift and full recovery.”