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King Charles seen going to church for first time since cancer diagnosis


King Charles III went to church on Sunday for the first time since his cancer diagnosis.

Walk alongside Queen CamilleCharles arrived at St. Mary Magdalene Church, near Sandringham House in eastern England, where he retired to recuperate after his first treatment for an unspecified form of cancer.

The apparition took place the next day he expressed his thanks for the messages of support he received from the public. In a statement released Saturday evening, the monarch said such thoughts provide “the greatest comfort and encouragement.”

“It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped to promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all these organizations supporting cancer patients and their families across the UK and around the world,” he said in a statement.

Britain's King Charles attends a religious service at St. Mary Magdalene Church
Britain’s King Charles and Queen Camilla greet each other as they walk after attending a church service, at St Mary Magdalene Church, on the Sandringham Estate, eastern England , in Great Britain, February 11, 2024.

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“My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.”

Buckingham Palace announced the diagnosis on Monday. Charles was last seen on Tuesday as he left his home at Clarence House in London after starting treatment.

The palace hasn’t shared many details about Charles’ diagnosis, other than to say it was not prostate cancer. Details about the health of members of the royal family have traditionally not been disclosed to the public, showing that the palace has decided to release any information at all.

The king’s diagnosis comes amid troubling health news within the family, less than two years later The death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022. Charles’ daughter-in-law, Catherine, suffered last month Abdominal surgery for a non-specific disease. Kensington Palace said in a January 29 statement that she was recovering at home, almost two weeks after it was initially reported that she had undergone the medical procedure at a London hospital. According to the palace’s initial statement, she is expected to recover for several months.

Her husband, Prince William, who is next in line to the throne, spoke publicly last week for the first time since the dual diagnosis, noting at a charity gala that “the last few weeks have had a rather medical orientation”.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the kind messages of support to Catherine and my father, especially in recent days,” William said on February 8.

William’s brother, Prince Harry, who separated from the family, flew to Britain last week to visit his father.

Additionally, Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Charles’ brother Prince Andrew, announced in January that he was diagnosed with skin cancer just a few months later she battled breast cancer.



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