King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer and will suspend public duties to undergo treatment.
The announcement, made Monday evening by Buckingham Palace, comes a week after the 75-year-old sovereign was released from a London hospital, following an operation to treat an enlarged prostate. The palace did not reveal what form of cancer he has, but said the cancer was detected during this procedure.
“During the king’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostatic enlargement, another area of concern was noted,” the palace said in a statement. “Subsequent diagnostic tests identified a form of cancer. Her Majesty today began a program of regular treatments, during which doctors advised her to postpone speaking to the public.
“During this period, Her Majesty will continue to deal with state affairs and administrative formalities as usual,” the palace continued. “The King thanks his medical team for their rapid intervention, made possible thanks to his recent hospital intervention. He remains completely positive about his treatment and looks forward to fully returning to public duties as soon as possible.
Charles, who ascended the throne in September 2022 following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is generally in good health.