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British Royals

What we know so far of The King’s cancer diagnosis

The King has been diagnosed with cancer and will stop public facing duties while he receives treatment.

Buckingham Palace announced His Majesty’s illness in a short statement but revealed little more about the form of cancer King Charles has.

The statement noted that it was the procedure for The King’s benign prostate enlargement that led to the diagnosis but says, clearly, that the cancer was diagnosed after a ”separate” issue of concern was noted.

However, the Palace only states that ”subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.”

We do know that King Charles is receiving regular treatment for cancer, with Buckingham Palace noting that he started at ”schedule of regular treatments” on February 5th 2024.

His doctors have advised him to postpone public facing duties while he undergoes the treatment.

This may be to reduce his risk of infection as cancer treatments can affect the immune system. He is also likely to experience extreme tiredness as he undergoes treatment.

The King will continue with his state business which will see him tend to his red boxes, take part in Privy Council meetings and hold regular audiences with the Prime Minister. However, these meetings may well take place virtually or on the phone as The King is treated for cancer.

His Majesty hopes to be back to duty as soon as possible.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.