During her first public appearance since King Charles’ cancer diagnosis was made public, the Queen commented that he is coping remarkably well given the circumstances.
Camilla shared that her spouse, who recently started treatment, was deeply moved by the overwhelming support and messages from the community.
The monarch, who is 75 years old, has been residing at Sandringham in Norfolk since being diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer. Buckingham Palace made the announcement on Monday evening.
The monarch departed from Sandringham to attend her official duties at Salisbury Cathedral, leaving Prince Charles behind. One of the initial individuals she encountered on Thursday were healthcare workers from Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Ben Abbott, a 40-year-old paramedic who specializes in critical care, expressed his concern for the well-being of His Majesty and conveyed his sadness upon hearing the news.
The queen responded, “Despite the difficult circumstances, he is doing remarkably well. He is deeply moved by the letters and messages of support from the public all over – it’s quite uplifting.”
The king has delayed all public responsibilities, but is still actively working on his confidential state documents.
The Prince of Wales, his son, may take on the role of representing his father at an event, but there are currently no planned appointments.
On Wednesday, Downing Street made an uncommon announcement that Rishi Sunak would be calling the king following an arrangement with the palace to reveal the details.
The official representative for the prime minister stated that they do not typically comment on the PM’s discussions with the king and will not make it a regular practice. However, in this particular case, they have reached an agreement with the palace to confirm that a phone call will take place between them later.
At first, it was rumored that the regular weekly meeting between the head of state and prime minister, which is usually done in person and is a fundamental constitutional responsibility of the monarch, would take place over the phone.
A source from the palace explained that the prime minister would personally call to wish Charles a speedy recovery, rather than hosting an audience.
There were no plans for any audience in the following two weeks, in line with the late Queen Elizabeth II’s tradition for this time of year. This will also give the king time to recuperate from his procedure for benign prostate enlargement.