Queen Camilla Gives Update on King Charles III After His Cancer Diagnosis

Queen Camilla shared what King Charles III has found "very cheering" as he seeks treatment for cancer.

By Lindsay Weinberg Feb 10, 2024 2:40 AMTags
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King Charles III is feeling the love.

After Buckingham Palace announced Feb. 5 that the British monarch was diagnosed with cancer, Charles postponed his public duties and began a schedule of regular treatments. 

Now, Queen Camilla has provided an update on his wellbeing as he battles an undisclosed form of the disease.

During a public outing on Feb. 8, Camilla shared that the King is doing "extremely well under the circumstances," according to CBS News.

Charles is "very touched by all of the letters and messages the public have been sending from everywhere," according to his wife, who added that the 75-year-old finds the well wishes "very cheering."

Camilla, clad in a white collared coat dress, was representing the Crown at a U.K. charity concert benefitting the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust to help the elderly as well as the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which provides emergency services in England.

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King Charles III's Road to the Throne

As for the King, he was last seen out and about with Camilla on Feb. 6, when he traveled from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace.

That same day, Prince Harry jetted off from California and arrived in London to pay his dad a visit amid his cancer diagnosis. 

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Although Harry reportedly only stayed in town for 24 hours, royal correspondent Sharon Carpenter believes Charles' medical concerns could help bring the family together as his children rally around the patriarch.

"Potentially this could be a moment of healing for father and son and perhaps brother and brother as well," Sharon told E! News. "I think when it comes down to it, this is a family that's certainly had their differences and some deep divides, but they do love each other. I think that comes out in a number of ways."

Indeed, Prince William is also stepping up his public duties while his dad focuses on treatment, attending an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Feb. 7. Following the event, the Prince and Princess of Wales' Instagram page noted that the outing was all about "honouring amazing people doing incredible things in our communities up and down the country."

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Read on for more royals news from this year so far:

Queen Camilla Attends Royal Maundy Service

The queen consort attended the Royal Maundy Service on March 28 in place of King Charles III, making her the first spouse of the Monarch to continue the ancient tradition.

Kate Middleton Shares Cancer Diagnosis

In a March 22 video message, the Princess of Wales shared that she'd been diagnosed with cancer after undergoing abdominal surgery in January.

"It was thought that my condition was non-cancerous. The surgery was successful," she said before noting that tests after the operation found cancer had been present. "My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment."

Kate Middleton Apologizes for Edited Family Photo Controversy

After photo agencies pulled the picture Kensington Palace shared of Kate since having her abdominal surgery on March 10, the Princess of Wales addressed claims the photo was doctored. 

"Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing," she tweeted on March 11. "I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother's Day. C."

Lady Kitty Spencer Privately Welcomes Baby

Princess Diana's niece celebrated Mother's Day in the U.K. by sharing she and her husband Michael Lewis privately welcomed their first baby.

“It’s the joy of my life to be your mummy, little one. I love you unconditionally," she captioned her March 10 Instagram post. "Happy Mother’s Day to those who celebrate today."

Queen Camilla Takes a Break

After keeping up her full slate of engagements in the wake of her husband's cancer diagnosis, the palace cleared Camilla's schedule.

The Times pointed out March 2 that the 76-year-old didn't have any engagements on her calendar until March 11, when she'd be due at Westminster Abbey to observe Commonwealth Day.

Thomas Kensington Dies at 45

The husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor and ex-boyfriend of Pippa Middleton, was found dead Feb. 25. Days later, a coroner's inquest found that he died by suicide.

King Charles Diagnosed With Cancer

While King Charles III was in the hospital for his benign prostate enlargement procedure, the royal family member was diagnosed with cancer.

"His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties," Buckingham Palace said Feb. 5. "Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.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."

Sarah Ferguson Is Diagnosed With a Second Type of Cancer

The Duchess of York's rep said in a statement on Jan. 21 that Sarah was recently diagnosed with malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. Several months prior, she underwent a single mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Abdicates the Throne

On Jan. 14, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark made history as she officially abdicated the throne, handing the crown over to her son, now known as King Frederik the 10th

Kate Middleton Is Hospitalized

Kensington Palace announced on Jan. 17 that Kate Middleton underwent planned abdominal surgery and was set to remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days.

"Based on the current medical advice," the Palace said, "she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter."

Prince William Adjusting His Schedule

Amid Kate's recovery, Prince William postponed a number of engagements as he supported his family, including the couple's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

King Charles III Undergoing Treatment

Shortly after Kate's hospitalization was made public, Buckingham Palace shared that Charles "has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate."

"His Majesty's condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure," the statement added. "The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation."

Luxembourg Welcomes a New Baby

Princess Claire and Prince Felix of Luxembourg welcomed son Balthazar Felix Karl on Jan. 7, the first royal baby of the New Year!