King Charles’ first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer confirmed

Mar 27, 2024
King Charles' decision to resume public duties underscores his resolve to fulfill his duties despite his health challenges. Source: Getty Images.

In what will surely come as a relief to royal enthusiasts, King Charles is poised to make his first public appearance since disclosing his cancer diagnosis in February.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the 75-year-old Monarch, accompanied by Queen Camilla, will attend the Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on March 31.

This year’s Easter service, typically attended by senior royals, will be somewhat scaled back owing to King Charles’ health concerns. Notably, Prince William and Princess Catherine will not be present, as previously announced.

Since revealing his diagnosis, King Charles has limited his public appearances to focus on his treatment.

However, his decision to attend the Easter service underscores his resolve to fulfill his duties despite his health challenges.

Peter Phillips, the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and the only son of Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips, recently spoke to Sky News, reflecting on the King’s determination to resume royal duties.

“He’s in good spirits,” he revealed.

“I think, ultimately, he’s hugely frustrated. He’s frustrated that he can’t get on and do everything that he wants to be able to do.

“But he is very pragmatic (and) he understands that there’s a period of time that he really needs to focus on himself.”

The King’s eagerness to return to his royal duties is palpable, with Phillips highlighting Charles’s persistent inquiries about what he can and cannot do.

“He is always pushing, his staff and everybody and his doctors and nurses to be able to say ‘actually come on, you know, can I do this? Can I do that?’” Phillips said.

“So the overriding message would be that he’s obviously very keen to get back to a form of normality.

“And he’s probably frustrated that, recovery is taking a little longer than probably he would want it to.”

The Monarch’s health concerns first came to light during a hospital stay for a procedure related to benign prostate enlargement.

Subsequent tests revealed the presence of cancer, prompting the King to commence a schedule of regular treatments. While he continues to undertake state business and official paperwork, public-facing duties have been postponed on medical advice.

– with Reuters.

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