King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace has announced.
In a statement issued on Monday, 05 February 2024, Buckingham Palace said the type of cancer, which has not been revealed, was discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.
“During the King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.”
The palace said the 75-year-old king has begun “regular treatments and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible”.
He will postpone his public engagements and it is expected other senior royals will help to stand in for him during his treatment.
“The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure,” the palace continued. “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.”
No further details are being shared on the stage of cancer or a prognosis.
The King, 75, returned to London from Sandringham in Norfolk on Monday morning and the palace says he has commenced treatment as an outpatient.
Although he will pause his public events, the King will continue with his constitutional role as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings.
He was seen at a church service in Sandringham on Sunday, where he waved to crowds.