At 75, King Charles Received Outpouring Of Support & Praise For His ‘Strength And Honesty’ After Shock Cancer Diagnosis
Feb 06, 2024 by apost team
The last few years have been momentous for the British monarchy, culminating in the tragic passing of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on Sept. 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle. It was a devastating day for the royal family as many members gathered to be by her side in her final moments.
That same day, Elizabeth’s eldest son, King Charles III, ascended the throne. Just one day later, he addressed the United Kingdom as its new monarch. And less than two years since, the royal family was again hit with tragic news when Buckingham Palace revealed Charles had been diagnosed with cancer on Feb. 5, 2024.
Born on Nov. 14, 1948, when Elizabeth was still a princess, Charles broke with tradition several times in his youth, attending school instead of being privately tutored, as was the norm for the royal family at the time. He also became the first royal to earn a university degree at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied archaeology and anthropology. He later joined the Royal Air Force after becoming the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester in July 1958.
Charles’ personal life has been a hot topic for decades, particularly since his marriage to Princess Diana and subsequent divorce. However, he has worked hard to put his name in a good light, lending his support to several non-profit organizations. Charles is also interested in topics such as the environment, global sustainability, youth opportunities, and education.
His efforts culminated in the tide of public favor turning his way in the years since he became king, leading to an outpouring of shock and devastation when news of his ill health became public. Read on to find out more about Charles’ health troubles and how the public has rallied around him during this difficult time.
Early 2024 saw King Charles III facing some serious health issues. Buckingham Palace first announced on Jan. 17, 2024, that the monarch was scheduled to undergo treatment the following week in the hospital for an enlarged prostate. The next day, his wife, Queen Camilla, revealed Charles was feeling “fine” and “looking forward to getting back to work.”
On Jan. 26, 2024, Charles was admitted to the London Clinic, where he underwent the treatment. He stayed for three nights before being discharged. However, the Palace announced that all his prior engagements would be postponed to allow him sufficient time to rest and recuperate. In the following days, Camilla again stated that Charles had been “doing his best” since the treatment before the pair made their first public appearance together on Feb. 4, 2024, at Sandringham Church. There, Charles gave the crowd a reassuring wave, raising the people’s spirits. However, the consolation would be short-lived as the next day, Buckingham Palace released devastating news.
It revealed that, during Charles’ prostate treatment, “diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer,” while stressing it was not prostate cancer. It said the king had “commenced a schedule of regular treatments” while his public-facing duties were postponed on the advice of his doctors. However, the 75-year-old monarch would “continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual,” it added.
But even as the Palace stated Charles remained “wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible,” speculation about who could stand in for the King should he be unable to fulfill his duties had already begun. It was widely reported that Charles could choose deputies from a possible total of seven royals, should his ill health force him to.
Under a constitutional mechanism, should the King be unable to carry out his official duties as sovereign on “a temporary basis due to illness or absence abroad,” two or more Counsellors of State – comprising the monarch’s spouse and the next four people in the line of succession – can act in His Majesty’s place.
In Charles’ case, this would then include his wife, Queen Camilla, his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, his brother Prince Andrew, and his niece, Princess Beatrice. However, both Prince Harry – who fled England to settle with his wife, Meghan Markle, in the United States – and Prince Andrew – who was linked to the notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – are not considered working royals. Speculation has also roped in the next two senior royal family members as potential candidates to act in Charles’ stead. They are his siblings, Princess Royal Anne and Prince Edward.
While the Counsellors of State can undertake certain duties, such as attending Privy Council meetings, signing routine documents and receiving the credentials of new ambassadors, they are barred from fulfilling key tasks of the monarch, such as those concerning Commonwealth matters, the dissolving of Parliament (except on the King’s express instruction), the creation of peers or the appointment of a prime minister.
However, even as the speculation continued, Charles remained in good spirits in the early days of his diagnosis. He unexpectedly kept the public in the loop of his health troubles, behavior that seems in keeping with his reputation for being a down-to-earth monarch. This was also evident in the Palace’s statement in which Charles’ reasons for doing so were presented. It read:
“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 (2024), (Samir Hussein - Handout/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)
As news of Charles’ health issues surfaced, the public took to social media to support the ailing monarch, offering prayers and words of encouragement.
“Very encouraging to see the King out of hospital and looking so well,” one user commented on a clip of Charles stepping out at Sandringham Church for the first time after his hospital stay. Another remarked, “Glad to see His Majesty did well. Also deep gratitude for raising prostrate (sic) awareness. Not only for being checked for benign prostate enlargement, but in checking for that, may also find in some men, a tumor of the prostate. Probably will save some lives too.”
Comments also flooded the royal family’s official Instagram account, with many wishing the King well during this difficult time.
“What a wonderful man! Thinking of others during this terrible time for him personally. He is without doubt a monarch we can be proud of. God save the King,” one comment read, while another wished him “a quick return to health and many more happy years on the throne.”
Many wished the “wonderful king and human being” a speedy recovery. They praised him for his “strength and honesty” in being transparent about his health issues, saying this would “make a difference to so many.”
Another user said, “Get well soon, Your Majesty. The whole country is rooting for you!”
Others also took the opportunity to offer their best wishes to Catherine, the Princess of Wales, who underwent abdominal surgery at the same hospital as the King during his prostate treatment.
“Wishing king Charles and Princess Catherine a speedy recovery. God Save The King and Catherine of Wales,” one comment read. Kensington Palace stated Catherine’s procedure was “planned” and “successful,” but would keep her from her public duties temporarily as she recuperated.King Charles III (2024), (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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