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King diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace says

February 6, 2024 - King Charles III, 75, has been diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate, says Buckingham Palace.

The King began "regular treatments" on Monday and will postpone public duties during it, the Palace said.

The Monarch, 75, "remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible," it added.

Although he will pause his public events, the King will continue with his constitutional role as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings.

It is understood his weekly audiences with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will continue and will be in person, unless doctors advise that he limits such contact.

There is a constitutional mechanism for when the head of state is unable to carry out official duties – in that circumstance "counsellors of state" can be appointed to stand in for the monarch.

PUBLISHED: 06/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News