Royal Family

King Charles diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace announces


The monarch has started schedule of treatments after diagnosis made recently when he was treated for benign enlarged prostate

King Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following his coronation in May 2023.
King Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following his coronation in May 2023.SHUTTERSTOCK

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 75-year-old monarch recently underwent a "corrective procedure" for an enlarged prostate and doctors noticed a "separate issue of concern" that has ultimately led to his cancer diagnosis.

A statement from Buckingham Palace reads: "During The King's recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.

"His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.

"The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure."

Charles — who ascended to the throne in 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth — is remaining "positive about his treatment" and is keen to return to his public duties "as soon as possible".

The Palace said: "He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.

"His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer."

Charles underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate in late January.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time: "The King was this afternoon discharged from hospital following planned medical treatment and has rescheduled forthcoming public engagements to allow for a period of private recuperation.

"He would like to thank the medical team and all those involved in supporting his hospital visit, and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days."