King Charles diagnosed with cancer, beginning treatments, according to Buckingham Palace

Major news from Buckingham Palace today: King Charles, 75, has been diagnosed with cancer and has started treatment today.

The Palace did not specify what cancer Charles has, nor what stage it was discovered. The diagnosis was disclosed after the monarch underwent a routine procedure for an enlarged prostate, however according to the BBC it is not prostate cancer.

“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,” a statement from Buckingham Palace reads.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY 03: King Charles III during his visit to Kinneil House during the British Royal Family’s Royal Week in Scotland on July 3, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The British Royal family will carry out traditional engagements in Scotland until Thursday. This includes the presentation of the Honours of Scotland to King Charles III and Queen Camilla at a National Service of Thanksgiving on July 05. (Photo by Andrew Milligan – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The statement said that Charles would postpone public duties for treatment, but projected optimism about his prognosis.

“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.”

According to BBC, Charles was most recently seen at a church service in Sandringham on Sunday, waving to crowds.

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Charles III, King of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms, ascended to the throne in September 2022 after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

At 73, Charles was the oldest person to accede to the British throne, after being the longest-serving heir and Prince of Wales. He was coronated on May 6.

Meanwhile, Kate, Princess of Wales, is still in recovery after undergoing abdominal surgery. Prince William is continuing scheduled royal duties and will attend London’s Air Ambulance Charity Gala Dinner on Wednesday, according to NBC News.

This is a breaking news update, and we will continue to share updates from Buckingham Palace about the King’s health. We are wishing him a full and speedy recovery and our thoughts are with him and the royal family.

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