King Charles has given his “sincere thanks” for messages of support from the public, in his first statement since being diagnosed with cancer.
The 75-year-old monarch said: “As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.”
News of the diagnosis was announced on Monday by Buckingham Palace.
The King is being treated for an unspecified form of cancer and is currently in Sandringham.
His cancer was detected while he was undergoing treatment for an enlarged prostate in January. While the type of cancer has not been revealed, the Palace confirmed that it was not prostate cancer.
In her thank you message, she wrote: “It is equally encouraging to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped to promote public understanding and shed light on the work of all those organizations supporting cancer patients and their families across the UK. and the rest of the world.
“My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is even greater as a result of my own personal experience.”
The King has stepped away from all public duties while receiving treatment for cancer, and senior royals including Queen Camilla and the Prince of Wales have taken up his duties at some events.
He left Clarence House, London, for his residence in Norfolk on Wednesday, accompanied by the Queen. His youngest son, the Duke of Sussex, had flown from the United States for a brief visit earlier that day.
“I have to be seen to be believed” was one of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s guiding principles. Well, the King won’t be seen anytime soon, the whirlwind of engagements is on pause for the moment.
But it will be known about him.
And by the normally very restricted standards of royal prose, this is quite personal.
Not many people your age have chosen to make their medical condition a topic of global conversation. And the King goes out of his way to express his hope that his relative openness has served some purpose.
And there’s more: this is a man who, like so many cancer patients, is now in the hands of doctors and nurses. And like many patients, he strives to highlight the work of those who care about him, work that, of course, he has come into contact with before, but never in this way.
The King’s gratitude for all the messages of support is not surprising. But even there the encounter between man and monarch in diagnosis and treatment is revealed; Those messages, he says in quite different words, mean a lot.
The Queen had said her husband was “very moved by all the letters and messages the public have been sending from far and wide”.
At an event at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday, he said the support had been “very encouraging”.
Prince William had also welcomed messages of support for his father and also his wife, the Princess of Wales, as he recovers from abdominal surgery.
He is not expected to return to royal duties until after Easter.
King Charles’ cancer diagnosis
Speaking at a charity fundraising event for London Air Ambulance, attended by guests including Hollywood star Tom Cruise, Prince William said the comments meant “a lot to all of us”.
“It’s fair to say that the last few weeks have had a rather ‘medical’ focus,” he said.
The king’s sister, the Princess Royal, acknowledged words of support for both the monarch and Catherine earlier this week. Anne attended the Six Nations match between Scotland and France on Saturday, in her role as patron of Scottish rugby.
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