King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer after a prostate check revealed the illness.
It is not prostate cancer however it was discovered during the King’s recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.
The type of cancer is still unknown to the public, but the palace’s statement shared how the King has already begun "regular treatments" as of Monday. Additionally, the King will be postponing his public engagements and other senior royals are assumed to be standing in for him as a result.
Buckingham Palace says the King "remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible".
No details have been shared regarding the current stage of cancer or a prognosis.
The King, 75, returned to London from Sandringham in Norfolk on Monday morning and the palace says he has commenced treatment as an outpatient.
Although he will pause his public events, the King will continue with his constitutional role as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings.
The king had received a prostate procedure at a private London hospital more than a week ago.
The full statement from Buckingham Palace said:
“During the king’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of 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.
“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.
“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.”