King Charles to resume royal duties after cancer diagnosis

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King Charles III is set to resume royal duties following his cancer diagnosis.

It was announced in February that the 75-year-old monarch had cancer, following treatment for an enlarged prostate the month before. Following an encouraging response to treatment, and a period of recuperation, he will start taking part in public-facing engagements next week.

A statement from Buckingham Palace reads: "To help mark this milestone, the King and Queen will make a joint visit to a cancer treatment centre next Tuesday, where they will meet medical specialists and patients. This visit will be the first in a number of external engagements His Majesty will undertake in the weeks ahead.

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"In addition, The King and Queen will host Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan for a State Visit in June, at the request of HM Government.

"As the first anniversary of The Coronation approaches, Their Majesties remain deeply grateful for the many kindnesses and good wishes they have received from around the world throughout the joys and challenges of the past year.

"The pacing of the King's programme will be carefully calibrated as his recovery continues, in close consultation with his medical team."

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Shortly after Charles' cancer diagnosis was announced, Catherine, Princess of Wales announced that she was also being treated for cancer.

In a video, the princess said that she is "well and getting stronger every day" and remains focused on "the things that will help [her] heal" in "mind, body and spirits".

"Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too – as is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both," she continued.

"We hope that you'll understand that as a family we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment."

If you would like more information or support about living with cancer or treatment, please click here for guidance from Macmillan Cancer Support, or click here to learn more from Stand Up to Cancer.

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