Buckingham Palace announced Monday evening that King Charles III has been diagnosed with a form of cancer. The 75-year-old monarch has begun a regular treatment regimen and is suspending his public duties while he focuses on his health. This diagnosis follows a recent procedure performed on the monarch to treat an enlarged prostate, after which the king was discharged from a hospital in London last week.
The palace stated, “During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted.” The subsequent diagnostic tests confirmed the existence of cancer. The exact type of cancer has not been made public. The king’s doctors have advised him to limit his public activities during his treatment period.
Despite the health setback, King Charles, who ascended to the throne after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away in September 2022, will continue with state business and official paperwork. The palace statement underscored the monarch’s optimism during this time, crediting his medical team for their prompt intervention and mentioning his eagerness to resume full public duties.