One year of ‘King’ Charles: 75-year-old monarch won’t let cancer ‘slow him down’, hopes for complete recovery

King Charles, while battling cancer, remains optimistic in personal letters to friends. The monarch shows determination to overcome the illness.

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Published6 May 2024, 12:54 PM IST
Britain's King Charles III arrives to visit the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London on April 30, 2024. Charles is making his first official public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer, after doctors said they were 'very encouraged/ by the progress of his treatment. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / AFP)
Britain’s King Charles III arrives to visit the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London on April 30, 2024. Charles is making his first official public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer, after doctors said they were ’very encouraged/ by the progress of his treatment. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / AFP)(HENRY NICHOLLS / AFP)

King Charles, one of the most dedicated letter writers in the UK, continues the practice even while undergoing cancer treatment. In personal letters to friends, the 75-year-old monarch mentions his challenging health while remaining optimistic.

In recent letters to his friends, Charles has shown his strong will to overcome cancer. The Times has reported that, according to a friend, the letters include many exclamation marks when he expresses his hope for a complete recovery.

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“I hear determination that he doesn’t want to let it slow him down, a pragmatic acceptance of the changes that have had to be made to his programme, and an absolute desire to get back to full speed,” The Times quoted the friend as saying.

Buckingham Palace confirmed Charles’ cancer diagnosis but did not specify the type. It only clarified that it was not prostate cancer. The clarification came as the monarch’s cancer diagnosis coincided with his prostate treatment.

Also Read: Positive update on King Charles' cancer treatment: ‘Doctors are sufficiently pleased’

Charles’ cancer diagnosis happened nearly the same when Kate Middleton, his daughter-in-law, was also diagnosed with cancer. The Princess of Wales is undergoing cancer treatment as well.

Last week, the King resumed his public duties by visiting cancer patients. Queen Camilla accompanied him.

One year of Charles as King

May 6 marks the first anniversary of King Charles’ coronation. According to a new poll, most British people believe the King is doing a good job, The Daily Mirror reported. Only 25% of the respondents demand a republic.

Also Read: King Charles keeps the ‘door open’ for Prince Harry, not for Meghan Markle

The survey, conducted on the first anniversary of the King's coronation, indicates a significant rise in his popularity and shows that most people support continuing with him as monarch.

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First Published:6 May 2024, 12:54 PM IST
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