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King to return to public-facing duties following positive response to cancer treatment

The King is to return to public-facing royal duties, with his medical team “very encouraged” by the progress made in his cancer treatment.

The monarch has been receiving outpatient care since early February and despite the good news, palace sources stressed His Majesty is still continuing treatment.

The announcement that the King is doing well will be a morale boost for the family, with both him and the Princess of Wales being diagnosed with cancer.

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Princess of Wales reveals she is having treatment for cancer

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “His Majesty’s medical team are very encouraged by the progress made so far and remain positive about the King’s continued recovery.”

They added: “His Majesty’s treatment programme will continue, but doctors are sufficiently pleased with the progress made so far that the King is now able to resume a number of public-facing duties.”

The palace also released a new photograph of the King and Queen, taken in Buckingham Palace on 10 April, the day after their 19th wedding anniversary.

A significant moment for the King – but uncertainty remains

After a difficult few months we have a more positive picture from the Palace.

A personal moment of the King and Queen released with the news he can now return to public duties.

It’s the details he will be delighted to share.

Not only are his medics “encouraged” with his progress, and “positive” about his recovery, they’re also happy he can get back to work.

And for a man who is widely reported to be a workaholic, this will be wholly welcome.

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To mark his full return, Buckingham Palace said royal couple will visit a cancer treatment centre on Tuesday.

“This visit will be the first in a number of external engagements His Majesty will undertake in the weeks ahead,” Buckingham Palace said. “In addition, The King and Queen will host Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan for a state visit in June.”


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The King and Queen are to celebrate the first anniversary of their coronation on 6 May.

The palace said: “Their Majesties remain deeply grateful for the many kindnesses and good wishes they have received from around the world throughout the joys and challenges of the past year.”

The prime minister has welcomed the news, posting on X: “Brilliant news to end the week!”

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The monarch has, by all accounts, been keen to get back to work and has recently been seen greeting members of the public at Easter and meeting the governor of the Bank of England to unveil new banknotes.

The King’s diary will not be a full summer programme, and attendance will be announced nearer the time and “subject to doctors’ advice”, with “adaptations made where necessary to minimise risks”.

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The warmer weather as we move towards summer will allow events to be held outside and minimise the risk posed by other people that many cancer patients face.

The spokesperson added: “The pacing of the King’s programme will be carefully calibrated as his recovery continues, in close consultation with his medical team.”

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