Buckingham Palace has announced this evening, Monday 5th February, that The King has been diagnosed with a form of cancer. King Charles is said to remain "wholly positive" about his treatment, but will temporarily step back from public-facing duties.
In the statement, a spokesperson for the Royal Family 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."
Responding to the news, His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim commented:
"On behalf of the people of County Antrim, the Lord-Lieutenant sends his best wishes to His Majesty The King, and his family, for his battle with cancer. God Save the King. Long Live the King."
First Minister Michelle O’Neill and deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelley have both sent their best wishes to King Charles following his cancer diagnosis.
First Minister, Michelle O’Neill said:
“I am very sorry to hear of King Charles’ illness and I want to wish him well for his treatment and a speedy recovery.”
Deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly said:
“I would like to wish His Majesty, King Charles all the the very best for his treatment. I, like many people throughout Northern Ireland, will keep him and his family in my prayers.”