The BVI’s head of State – King Charles III – has been diagnosed with cancer and has been advised by his doctors to minimize in-person contacts, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.
Monarchs’ ailments are often hidden from the public, so this announcement of the King’s condition is a departure from how things have been done in the past.
″During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted,” the palace said in an emailed statement. “Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.”
The statement also did not specify what stage the cancer was found.
The palace said the 75-year-old king has commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.
According to the statement, the king wanted to share his diagnosis in part to avoid speculation on his condition but also “in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”
No further details are being shared about his treatment or prognosis. His diagnosis comes just a year and a few months after his mother Queen Elizabeth’s passing. She was the longest reigning British monarch in history.
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