King Charles Makes First Public Appearance Since Cancer Diagnosis

The King is making a slow return to public duties.
King Charles returns to public duties.Getty

King Charles attended the Royal Family’s traditional Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel on Sunday.

The outing marks the 75-year-old King’s first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

King Charles’ wife, Queen Camilla joined the king at the church, greeting members of the public together.

Onlookers shared their words of support for the King, with one person telling King Charles to “keep going strong,” according to PBS.

King Charles and Camilla
The King and Queen attended an Easter Service at St. George’s Chapel. (Credit: Getty)

Prince William, Kate, The Princess of Wales and their children, George, Charlotte and Louis were absent from the Easter service.

The family’s absence was expected after Kate revealed she had also been diagnosed with cancer and had begun preventative chemotherapy treatment earlier this month.

“This of course came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family,” Kate said in her video announcement. “As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment. But, most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok.”

Kate continued, “As I have said to them; I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits.”

At the time of the announcement, Kensington Palace noted that Kate would not be attending the Easter Sunday service and only returning to royal duties when she was “cleared to do so by her medical team.”

King Charles attends 2024 Easter service.

Despite stepping back from public duties in February to undergo cancer treatment, the King has continued fulfilling private state duties, including meeting with the prime minister and reviewing government documents.

However, his attendance at the Easter service may mark a return to his public duties, which the British media reported that he would be making ‘a slow return to after Easter.

Prince William is taking a break from public duties until his children return to school after their Easter break.

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