On Saturday, King Charles III broke his silence after it was revealed last week that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
In a statement from Buckingham Palace, the 75-year-old expressed his appreciation for the solidarity and support that he has received since his health condition was announced.
“I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days,” the king said in the statement. “As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.”
The king also noted the positive impact of his openness regarding his diagnosis, pointing out that it has fostered greater public awareness.
“It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organizations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world,” he continued. “My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.”
On Feb. 5, Buckingham Palace announced the King’s cancer diagnosis, which came shortly after he was discharged from the London Clinic, where he was treated for an enlarged prostate. While the condition was confirmed not to be prostate cancer, doctors identified a separate concerning issue during the procedure, leading to the cancer diagnosis.
The king has begun a series of regular treatments and has been advised to reduce public engagements, though he will continue to perform his state responsibilities and official duties.
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