King Charles appears in public for the first time since announcing his cancer diagnosis
King Charles III was seen in public on Sunday for the first time since Buckingham Palace announced last week that he was being treated for cancer, walking around a chapel on the royal Sandringham estate where he resides.
Charles, 74, waved and smiled at well-wishers who gathered nearby to catch a glimpse of the king as news cameras flashed. He walked alongside his wife, Queen Camilla, before heading to the 11am Mass at St Mary Magdalene Church.
Later, both the King and Queen smiled and waved to the cameras as they returned to their home at Sandringham House.
In a message issued by Buckingham Palace on Saturday, King Charles thanked the public for its support since announcing his cancer diagnosis.
“As all people with cancer know, such kind thoughts are the greatest consolation and encouragement,” he said.
The King added that “it is equally encouraging to hear how sharing my diagnosis has helped enhance public understanding and highlight the work of all those organizations supporting cancer patients and their families across the UK and the wider world.”
Last month, Charles was admitted to hospital for a routine operation to treat an enlarged prostate. But on Monday, the palace announced that during treatment, an unspecified form of cancer was discovered. He began treatment for cancer and temporarily halted his public engagements during that period.
The king currently resides in Sandringham, about 100 miles northeast of London.
The palace’s decision to reveal to the public that the King, the British head of state, was receiving treatment for cancer, provided an opportunity to reach a solution. Rare frank insight In the king’s health.
But it has also left many questions in its wake, with little clarity about how serious his illness is or how long he will receive treatment.