King Charles III has emerged for his inaugural public appearance since the recent announcement of his cancer diagnosis on Monday, February 5.
Accompanied by his consort of 19 years, Queen Camilla, the King graced a Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, situated near the Sandringham estate where he has been recuperating. Warmly welcomed by Reverend Canon Dr. Paul Williams, the King’s presence marked a significant step back into the public eye.
This public outing follows swiftly on the heels of Buckingham Palace’s release of the King’s first statement since the revelation of his diagnosis. In the message conveyed late Saturday evening, local time, His Majesty conveyed his gratitude for the outpouring of support and well-wishes he has received in the past few days.
Acknowledging the solace and encouragement inherent in such gestures, the King remarked, “As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.” He further expressed his heartened appreciation for the attention drawn to organizations dedicated to aiding cancer patients and their families.
While Buckingham Palace refrained from disclosing the specific type of cancer afflicting the King, it was revealed that the diagnosis followed treatment for a benign enlarged prostate. Commencing cancer therapy on Monday, the King’s condition has been noted to have been detected at an early stage, as affirmed by U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a subsequent interview.
As part of his treatment regimen, the King will be temporarily suspending public engagements, as communicated by the Palace.