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30 April 2024

King to visit cancer treatment centre on return to public duties

30 April 2024

The King is returning to public duties after doctors said they were pleased with his progress following cancer treatment.

Charles, who has been patron of Macmillan Cancer Support for more than 20 years, will make a trip to a treatment centre on Tuesday.

He will be accompanied by the Queen, who is president of cancer support charity Maggie’s.

The visit is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of early cancer diagnosis and the couple will hear about innovative research into the disease.

Aside from attending an Easter Sunday church service, the King has until now stayed away from public events.

Buckingham Palace gave an update on Friday on the King’s condition and his return to public-facing duties.

The Palace said the King was still undergoing treatment for cancer and it was too early to say how long it would continue.

But a Palace spokesperson said “… His Majesty’s medical team are very encouraged by the progress made so far and remain positive about the King’s continued recovery.”

Charles’s diary of forthcoming events will not be a full summer programme, with his attendance announced nearer the time “subject to doctors’ advice”, according to the Palace.

Cancer and treatments such as chemotherapy weaken the immune system and so medics will be keen for the King to avoid falling ill with infections.

The warmer summer months provide an ideal opportunity to host events outside, which will minimise the King’s risk of picking up illnesses from other people in confined spaces.

In January, Charles spent three nights in hospital for a procedure on an enlarged prostate, during which his undisclosed cancer was discovered.

Elsewhere, the Prince of Wales will carry out engagements in the North East on Tuesday, visiting an Earthshot Prize finalist firm which makes low-carbon construction materials in Seaham, and opening James’s Place – a centre offering free, life-saving treatment to suicidal men in Newcastle.

A previously unseen portrait of the Prince and Princess of Wales was released by Kensington Palace on Monday in celebration of the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary.

Kate, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, married future king William in 2011.

The photograph by Millie Pilkington – who took the most recent picture of the King and Queen to mark Charles’s return to public duties – shows William and Kate on their wedding day.

The black and white image was posted on the Waleses’ social media accounts on Monday, captioned “13 years ago today!”.

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