King Charles II Diagnosed With Cancer

A specific diagnosis was not revealed, though the 75-year-old monarch has begun treatment

King Charles III has been diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday, Feb. 5 (via the BBC).

The 75-year-old monarch’s cancer was discovered while he underwent a recent treatment for “benign prostate enlargement.” The official statement did not provide a specific diagnosis or detail the severity of Charles’ cancer, saying only “a separate issue of concern was noted,” adding, “Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.”

Charles began “regular treatments” on Monday and has postponed all his upcoming public-facing duties, though he was seen at a church service yesterday. He’ll also apparently be able to keep up with all his “State business and official paperwork as usual.” 


The statement continued: “The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible. His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.” 

King Charles III began his reign back in September 2022 following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. He was officially coronated last May, with the latter event accompanied by a surreal concert featuring a surprising number of American artists and cultural institutions like Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, the Muppets, and Tom Cruise. (One person who didn’t show up: Charles’ 11th cousin, the actor Bob Odenkirk.)

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