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Buckingham Palace Announces King’s Cancer Diagnosis and Postponement of Public Engagements

London, February 06, 2024, The Europe Today: Buckingham Palace has released a statement revealing that the King remains “wholly positive” about his ongoing cancer treatment and is eager to resume full public duties at the earliest opportunity. However, following the recent diagnosis, the monarch, aged 75, will have to postpone or rearrange upcoming public engagements.

In a statement issued on behalf of the King, he expressed his sincere apologies to those who may be disappointed or inconvenienced by the necessary adjustments to his schedule. The King is appreciative of the understanding and support from the public during this challenging time.

The monarch has initiated a regimen of regular treatments and is under the care of a specialized medical team. Having traveled from Sandringham in Norfolk to London on Monday, he commenced treatment as an outpatient and spent the evening at his residence in London, likely at Clarence House.

The King’s diagnosis, announced on Monday, casts uncertainty on his attendance at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on 11 March. The Queen, however, will continue her full program of public duties.

Before the public announcement, the King personally informed his sons, William and Harry, along with his siblings – the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of Sussex is expected to travel from the United States to the UK in the coming days to visit his father.

While members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, may assume additional duties on behalf of the King during his treatment, these responsibilities are unlikely to pertain to his constitutional role. The King is set to continue receiving and reviewing important documents in red boxes, maintaining his engagement with government ministers.

Despite ongoing treatment, the King is anticipated to sustain his weekly audiences with the prime minister, possibly in remote formats if advised by medical professionals to minimize in-person contact. He is also expected to remain available for meetings of the Privy Council, which typically convenes monthly.

As the King focuses on his health, there is currently no information on upcoming overseas visits. Plans for state events abroad, including trips to Canada in May and to Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa in October for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, remain uncertain at this time. The Royal Family appreciates the public’s understanding and support during this challenging period.