The King is BACK: Charles to return to public duties in days - Monarch WINNING cancer battle

The King is BACK: Charles to return to public duties in days - Monarch WINNING cancer battle

WATCH: Cameron Walker details King Charles's return to royal duties

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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin


Published: 26/04/2024

- 18:00

Updated: 26/04/2024

- 19:23

Buckingham Palace announced in February that the King has a form of cancer

  • King Charles was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year
  • The King has not performed any public-facing engagements since February
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King Charles will return to public-facing duties in just days as the monarch continues to receive cancer treatment.

In a new statement from Buckingham Palace, the King, 75, is confirmed to be returning to royal duties after being diagnosed with a form of cancer two months ago.


The undisclosed form of cancer was discovered following corrective surgery for an enlarged prostate at The London Clinic, where King Charles was hospitalised in January.

The statement in full reads: "His Majesty The King will shortly return to public-facing duties after a period of treatment and recuperation following his recent cancer diagnosis.

King Charles and Queen CamillaKing Charles and Queen Camilla are approaching the anniversary of last year's CoronationMillie Pilkington

"To help mark this milestone, The King and Queen will make a joint visit to a cancer treatment centre next Tuesday, where they will meet medical specialists and patients.

"This visit will be the first in a number of external engagements His Majesty will undertake in the weeks ahead."

The statement continued: "In addition, The King and Queen will host Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan for a State Visit in June, at the request of HM Government.

"As the first anniversary of The Coronation approaches, Their Majesties remain deeply grateful for the many kindnesses and good wishes they have received from around the world throughout the joys and challenges of the past year."

King Charles

King Charles reading the public's well-wishes following his cancer diagnosis

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A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed: "His Majesty’s treatment programme will continue, but doctors are sufficiently pleased with the progress made so far that The King is now able to resume a number of public-facing duties.

"Forthcoming engagements will be adapted where necessary to minimise any risks to His Majesty’s continued recovery."

Regarding how long cancer treatments will continue, the spokesperson added: "It is too early to say, but His Majesty’s medical team are very encouraged by the progress made so far and remain positive about The King’s continued recovery."

The King is understood to be performing public engagements subject to his doctors' advice.

Rishi Sunak and King Charles

Rishi Sunak and King Charles meeting for their weekly chat amid the King's cancer treatment

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The spokesperson continued: "Any public-facing engagements will be announced nearer the time in the usual way, and will remain subject to doctors’ advice, but it will not be a full summer programme.

"His Majesty will of course continue with all official State business and selected audiences, as he has done throughout his period of treatment."

Buckingham Palace will take steps to ensure King Charles does not take on too much amid his upcoming external engagements.

A spokesperson said: "The pacing of The King’s programme will be carefully calibrated as his recovery continues, in close consultation with his medical team."

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King Charles and Queen Camilla were spotted driving to church in Scotland last weekend

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The Palace has not confirmed whether or not King Charles will attend his Birthday Parade, D-Day Commemorations, Garden Parties, Royal Ascot or an Autumn Tour overseas with Queen Camilla.

They added: "Planning continues for ways in which Their Majesties may attend such Summer and Autumn engagements, though nothing can be confirmed or guaranteed at this stage.

"All future plans remain subject to doctors’ advice nearer the time, with appropriate adaptations made where necessary to minimise any risks to His Majesty’s continued recovery."

Providing an update on the King's health, the spokesperson continued: "His Majesty is greatly encouraged to be resuming some public-facing duties and very grateful to his medical team for their continued care and expertise."

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