King Charles III Diagnosed with Early-Stage Cancer, Buckingham Palace Confirms

Buckingham Palace announced on Monday that King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer, following a recent medical examination originally intended to address an enlarged prostate. The nature of the cancer, which is located elsewhere in the body and not associated with the prostate, remains unspecified, but the condition was identified early, offering hope for effective treatment.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, speaking to BBC News, conveyed a message of support, stating the royal family and the nation were “shocked and sad” upon hearing the news. He emphasized the fortunate early detection of the king’s cancer, expressing collective wishes for his speedy recovery and successful treatment.

Britain’s King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Kate, the Princess of Wales, Prince George, William, the Prince of Wales, Prince Louis and Mia Tindall arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

King Charles, who ascended to the throne in September 2022 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, has begun a schedule of regular treatments, prompting him to reduce his public engagements while continuing to fulfill his royal duties behind the scenes. The palace highlighted the king’s positive outlook and gratitude towards his medical team for their swift action, which was facilitated by his recent hospital visit.

The announcement of the king’s health condition has drawn widespread reactions, including from President Joe Biden, who expressed his concern and intentions to speak with King Charles. Biden, alongside First Lady Jill Biden, extended prayers for the monarch’s recovery, drawing on his personal experience with his son Beau’s battle with brain cancer to underline the resilience required to navigate a cancer diagnosis.

As the 75-year-old monarch embarks on his treatment journey, the royal family, including Prince William and Prince Harry, has rallied around him. Prince Harry, in particular, is reported to be traveling to the UK from the US to be with his father during this challenging time.

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