King Charles, who ascended to the British throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022, has been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 75. This grave news comes as a significant surprise, given the King's typically robust health, with only minor sports injuries and a recent benign prostate condition marring his medical history.
The condition was detected rather unexpectedly, while he was undergoing treatment for the mentioned enlarged prostate. Last month, the King spent three nights in a London hospital for a corrective procedure related to an enlarged prostate. Though the specific type of cancer has not been disclosed, it is not prostate cancer.
Buckingham Palace has announced in a statement that the King will commence his "regular treatments" on Monday, leading to the postponement of all his public duties as advised by his doctor. Despite this, the King will persist in handling state affairs and official paperwork throughout this period as usual.
Additionally, the Palace stated that the King maintains a highly positive outlook on his treatment and anticipates resuming full public duties at the earliest opportunity. He conveyed gratitude to his medical team for their prompt intervention, facilitated by his recent hospital procedure.
His Majesty personally informed both of his sons about his diagnosis. While the Prince of Wales was reported to be in regular communication with his father, Prince Harry, currently residing in the US, is set to travel to the UK to visit His Majesty in the coming days. Following his medical diagnosis, the King reached out to his siblings—Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward—as well as his children, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The King's diagnosis has sparked a global outpouring of support and well-wishes for his swift recovery, emphasizing his influential position on the international stage and the genuine affection and respect he commands.