On Monday, Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles III had been diagnosed with a form of cancer.
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The king, 75, became the monarch and was crowned on May 6, 2023, following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth on September 8, 2022. She was the longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
Less than 18 months after he ascended to the throne, Buckingham Palace announced that Charles would postpone public-facing duties as he undergoes treatment, but would be returning to full public duty as soon as possible.
A statement from Buckingham Palace: https://t.co/zmYuaWBKw6
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“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,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments,” the official statement added, saying that doctors have advised him to postpone public-facing duties. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual,” the announcement continued.
“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.”
After King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer, let’s see what it means for the royal family:
According to The Sun, Queen Camilla, 76, along with Prince William, 41, are set to undertake the King’s royal duties as he undergoes treatment.
Queen Camilla will continue with a full programme of duties following the news the King has cancer.
Buckingham Palace says the 75-year-old monarch will suspend his public engagements but will still carry out state business as he gets treatment. pic.twitter.com/bDTZZGmWza
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It was also reported that Charles and William, the heir to the throne have become incredibly close in recent months and have been spending time together.
Sending extra love and strength to Prince William. Between Kate’s health and now his father’s cancer diagnosis, he needs all the love and support. pic.twitter.com/a9qePHODkF
— MaryRuth (@HRHRoyallyKate) February 5, 2024
Meanwhile, Prince Harry, the younger son of Charles and Diana, who has relinquished his royal duties but retains fifth place in line is flying to the UK to support his father. However, the Duchess of Sussex will remain in the US, California with their children Archie and Lilibet.
Sky’s @laurabundock says “Prince Harry has spoken to his father and plans to travel to the UK in the coming days” and adds that it’s understood that “Prince William is in regular contact with the King”.
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The Prince of Wales, William is currently first in the line of British succession, followed by his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. If Prince William becomes monarch of the United Kingdom, then his wife, Princess Catherine aka Kate Middleton will take on the title of queen.
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