King Charles thanks public after cancer diagnosis

King Charles has spoken publicly for the first time since he was diagnosed with cancer.



King Charles has thanked the public for their support since his cancer diagnosis.

The 75-year-old monarch was recently diagnosed with "a form of cancer" following a "corrective procedure" for an enlarged prostate, and Charles has now expressed his "heartfelt thanks" to the public for their "comfort and encouragement".

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, he said: "I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days.

"As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.

"It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world. My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience."

Charles - who ascended to the throne in 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth - recently started his cancer treatment.

Buckingham Palace also explained that the monarch wanted to share news of his diagnosis "in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer".