King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, says Buckingham Palace.
The type of cancer has not been revealed.
it is not prostate cancer, but was discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.
The King began “regular treatments” on Monday and will postpone public duties during the treatment, the Palace said.
He is said to be “wholly positive about his treatment”, and “looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible”.
He will continue to undertake State duties including his audiences with the Prime Minister, Privy Council meetings and red boxes.
The news was announced by Buckingham Palace after the Prime Minister was informed.
The King had a chance to tell Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
It is understood that the Duke of Sussex is likely to fly from California to London to visit his father later on Monday.
The statement released by the Palace also did not specify what stage the cancer was found.
The King returned to London from Sandringham in Norfolk on Monday morning.
Although he will pause his public events, the King will continue with his constitutional role as head of state.
There is a constitutional mechanism for when the head of state is unable to carry out official duties –
in that circumstance “counsellors of state” can be appointed to stand in for the monarch.
At present that includes Queen Camilla, Prince William, the Princess Royal, and Prince Edward.
Prince Harry and the Duke of York are no longer called upon as non-working royals.
Prince William had also temporarily withdrawn from public engagements while he helped his wife Catherine, the Princess of Wales, as she recovered from “abdominal surgery”.
But it was announced earlier on Monday he would return to public duties later this week.
We wish King Charles well in this trying time.
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