King Charles has had a difficult start to 2024 on the health front.

After being treated for an enlarged prostate in January, doctors discovered cancer and he is currently undergoing treatment. After sharing news of the king’s diagnosis, Buckingham Palace said they will not be sharing regular updates on his health or treatment.

Here’s a full timeline of what the palace and other members of the royal family have said about Charles’ health and recovery:

January 17: Buckingham Palace announces that the king is being treated for an enlarged prostate.

On the same day that Kensington Palace announced that Kate Middleton had undergone abdominal surgery, Buckingham Palace also announced that King Charles would undergo treatment.

“Like thousands of men every year, the King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate,” Buckingham Palace said. “His Majesty’s condition is benign and he will go to hospital next week for a corrective procedure. The King’s public appearances will be postponed for a short period of recovery.”

It’s understood King Charles wanted to share the specific details of his diagnosis to encourage others who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked.

January 26: King Charles is admitted to hospital.

The king was admitted to the London Clinic for his procedure and upon his admission he visited Kate, who was also a patient there.

“The King was admitted to hospital in London this morning for planned treatment,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “His Majesty would like to thank everyone who sent their well wishes over the past week and is pleased to hear that his diagnosis is having a positive impact on public health awareness.” (NHS officials said internet searches for his condition, a benign enlarged prostate, have soared.)

King Charles III leaves hospital after treatment for an enlarged prostate

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla leave the London Clinic on January 29, 2024.

After spending three nights at the London Clinic, Charles left hospital on January 29. He was photographed leaving through the front door with his wife, Queen Camilla. (Camilla had visited him daily during his hospital stay.)

“The King was discharged from hospital this afternoon after scheduled medical treatment and has postponed upcoming public appointments to allow for a period of private recovery. “He would like to thank the medical team and everyone involved in supporting his hospital visit, and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days,” the palace said in a statement.

February 5: The palace announces that Charles has cancer.

A week after King Charles was released from hospital, Buckingham Palace announced that the king had been diagnosed with cancer. Before the news was shared with the public, the King personally told his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and his siblings (Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward).

“During the King’s recent hospital procedure for a benign prostate enlargement, another area of ​​concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests identified a form of cancer,” the palace said in a statement. “His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public duties. During this period, His Majesty will continue to conduct state business and official paperwork as usual.”

The Palace continued: “The King is grateful to his medical team for their quick intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains completely positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to his full public role as soon as possible. His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to avoid speculation and in the hope that it can increase public understanding for everyone around the world affected by cancer.”

The palace noted that King Charles does not have prostate cancer, but they would not share what type of cancer he has.

February 6: Prince Harry flies to Britain to visit his father.

The Duke of Sussex made a short trip to London to see his father. He stayed for just over 24 hours, reportedly spending between 30 and 45 minutes at Clarence House with his father, before Charles left for Buckingham Palace to catch a helicopter to Sandringham.

February 10: King Charles shares his first personal message.

The weekend after his diagnosis was made public, the king shared a personal message.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days,” he wrote. “As anyone affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.”

He continued: ‘It is equally encouraging to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped to promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organizations supporting cancer patients and their families in the UK Kingdom and the rest of the world. My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater because of my own personal experience.”

February 21: Charles holds his first face-to-face meeting with the Prime Minister and reads get-well cards.

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Charles reads cards sent to the palace.

While the King withdrew from public duties due to his cancer treatment, he held a private meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on February 21. During their conversation, Charles told Prime Minister Sunak: “I have had so many wonderful messages and cards. Most of the time I am moved to tears.”

Later that day, Charles read get well cards sent to the palace, and two days later a photo and video of him reading the cards was shared:

After the Princess of Wales announced that she too is being treated for cancer, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said King Charles said he is “so proud of Catherine for her courage to speak as she did.” The spokesperson added that both King Charles and Queen Camilla “will continue to offer their love and support to the entire family at this difficult time.”

Charles’ cousin, Peter Phillips (the son of his sister, Princess Anne) spoke about the king’s health during an interview with Sky News Australia. Phillips said Charles is in “good spirits,” but “ultimately he is extremely frustrated.” He is frustrated that he cannot move on and do everything he wants to be able to do. But he is very pragmatic, he understands that there is a period when he really has to concentrate on himself.”

He added: “But at the same time, he’s always pushing, his staff and everyone and his doctors and nurses, to be able to say, ‘Can I actually do this? Can I do that?’ So the overriding message would be that he is clearly very keen to get back to some form of normality and is probably frustrated that the recovery is taking a little longer than he would probably like.”

March 31: The King attends Easter services in Windsor.

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King Charles meets well-wishers as he leaves Easter service at Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024.

The king joined a small group of royals for the Easter Sunday service in Windsor, his first major public appearance since January.

“His Majesty The King will soon return to public duties following a period of treatment and recovery following his recent cancer diagnosis,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. To mark his return, he and Queen Camilla will visit a cancer treatment center next week. And, the palace announced, King Charles and Queen Camilla will host the Emperor and Empress of Japan for a state visit in June (although no specific date has yet been set).

“His Majesty’s treatment program will continue, but doctors are sufficiently satisfied with the progress made so far that the King can now resume a number of public duties,” a Palace spokesperson said. “Upcoming engagements will be adjusted as necessary to minimize risks to His Majesty’s continued recovery.”

April 30: King Charles performs his first engagement since his cancer diagnosis.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla visit the Macmillan Cancer Center at University Hospital

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King Charles holds up flowers during a visit to the Macmillan Cancer Center at University College Hospital.

King Charles looked in good spirits as he returned to public gatherings and visited a cancer center with Queen Camilla. When asked how he was doing, he replied: “I’m fine, thank you, not that bad.”

June 15: King Charles attends his second Trooping the Color as monarch.

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King Charles at Trooping the Color 2024.

King Charles attended Trooping the Color 2024, but due to his health he rode in a carriage next to Queen Camilla instead of on horseback.

His daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, made her first appearance at Trooping in 2024 amid her own cancer treatment. After Kensington Palace announced that the Princess of Wales would attend, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, the King is “delighted” that she can “be there” and that he is “very much looking forward to all elements of the day.”

We will update this timeline with King Charles’ cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery as news becomes available.


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