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King Charles issues first message since cancer diagnosis | UK News

The King has made his first statement since being diagnosed with cancer, using it to give his “heartfelt thanks” to the public for their “comfort and encouragement”.

In a message, written from Sandringham in Norfolk, King Charles said: “I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days.

“As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.”

As well as thanking the public for their well wishes, the 75-year-old monarch also reflected on his decision to publicly reveal his illness, saying: “It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world.”

Stressing his gratitude to the medical professionals and cancer charities, he added: “My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.”

On Monday, Buckingham Palace announced the King had been diagnosed with a form of cancer while undergoing a procedure for an enlarged prostate.

In line with the initial announcement, the King in his new statement has not revealed any further details about what kind of cancer it is, the type of treatment he is having or what stage the cancer is at.

He started his treatment in London on Monday, and on Tuesday flew to Sandringham with the Queen.

It’s unclear when he may return to London, or if he’ll need to come back to the capital for his treatment.

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What next for the King?

The palace and the monarch had hoped that by being open about his cancer they could stop any potential rumours or speculation and allow the King to have some level of privacy while undergoing treatment.

In whatever ways they can they’ll be keen to offer reassurance that he remains capable of carrying out his constitutional duties.

This statement will be part of that strategy to show he remains positive. But they have made it clear they won’t be drawn into giving a running commentary about his condition.

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On Thursday, at an event at Salisbury Cathedral, the Queen spoke about her husband’s diagnosis for the first time, telling Ben Abbott, a critical care paramedic: “He is doing extremely well under the circumstances. He is very touched by all of the letters and messages the public have been sending from everywhere. That’s very cheering.”

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During a speech at an Air Ambulance event on Wednesday night, Prince William also took time to thank everyone for their support both for his father and the Princess of Wales, who is recovering from abdominal surgery.

Other members of the Royal Family are now having to carry out the public engagements, with the monarch told not to do public-facing duties by doctors.

It makes a written statement from the King even more significant with it being his main way of communicating for now.

King Charles apologises for postponed engagements after cancer diagnosis | UK News

The King has apologised for having to postpone engagements after his cancer diagnosis.

Buckingham Palace said the diagnosis means his forthcoming public engagements will have to be rearranged or postponed, as the Queen continues to attend to a full programme of public duties.

The King‘s diagnosis, announced on Monday, means it is unlikely he will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on 11 March.

The service is usually attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

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It was also expected the King and Queen would have several high-profile overseas visits over the coming months.

They were due to travel to Canada in May, and then to Australia, New Zealand and Samoa in October for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

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Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm whether the tours – his first visits to those countries as King – will go ahead.

No date has been suggested for the King’s return to full public duties as he undergoes treatment.

The Palace has not officially confirmed any upcoming state visits.

“Regrettably, a number of The King’s forthcoming public engagements will have to be rearranged or postponed,” a Palace spokesperson said.

“His Majesty would like to apologise to all those who may be disappointed or inconvenienced as a consequence.”

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Other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, may take on some extra duties on behalf of the King.

It is understood the King will continue to receive red boxes and have weekly audiences with the prime minister while undergoing treatment.

It is expected that alternative arrangements will be put in place for the weekly audiences should the King be advised by doctors to minimise in-person contact.

King Charles celebrates his 75th birthday a day early – with host of famous faces | UK News

The King has celebrated his 75th birthday a day early – with a host of famous faces.

The monarch was joined in the grounds of his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, The Repair Shop host Jay Blades and singer Leee John from the 1980s group Imagination.

There were also community stalwarts who are turning 75 this year too, and representatives from organisations marking the same milestone, from the NHS to members of the Windrush generation.

A local choir sang Happy Birthday at the end of the cream tea party and the King was cheered and applauded after cutting a slice of his three-tiered Victoria sponge cake.

King Charles III holds knife in the air after cutting his 75th birthday cake in Highgrove
The monarch holds a knife in the air after cutting his birthday cake

King Charles III talking to Jay Blades during his 75th birthday party at Highgrove Gardens in Tetbury on the eve of his birthday, with community champions who are also celebrating turning 75 in 2023. Picture date: Monday November 13, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL King. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The King was joined by The Repair Shop host Jay Blades

Blades, an ambassador for the King’s Foundation, paid tribute to the monarch – who featured on an episode of The Repair Shop – saying: “He’s the new King but he’s also about community, he’s always been about community, always been forward thinking about what we’re doing about the environment but also including community members.

“So to have this group of people here, that’s just unbelievable – that’s part of him, that’s what he does.”

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King Charles III meeting guests during his 75th birthday party at Highgrove Gardens in Tetbury on the eve of his birthday, with community champions who are also celebrating turning 75 in 2023. Picture date: Monday November 13, 2023.
The Rock Choir performing Happy Birthday to the King with community champions who are also celebrating turning 75 in 2023.
A choir sang Happy Birthday to the King

At the event, Singer Leee John joined his 96-year-old mother Jessie Stephens, a leading figure in Britain’s Caribbean community, at the Highgrove celebration.

She was one of the Windrush generation chosen to have their portrait painted and exhibited nationally to mark their contribution to British society.

The paintings were commissioned by the King when he was the Prince of Wales.

King Charles III's shakes hands with Jessie Stephens, sitter of the Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation as Charles attends his 75th birthday party at Highgrove Gardens in Tetbury on the eve of his birthday, with community champions who are also celebrating turning 75 in 2023. Picture date: Monday November 13, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL King. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The King shakes hands with Jessie Stephens

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King unveils statue of late Queen Elizabeth

The King, who was born on 14 November 1948, will be spend his birthday on Tuesday with the Queen launching the Coronation Food Project, which aims to bridge the gap between food waste and food need.

He will also host a Buckingham Palace reception to celebrate nurses and midwives as part of the NHS 75 celebrations.

Gun salutes will also be fired across London and the nation to mark the King’s milestone.

King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive in France for state visit months after it was rescheduled due to riots | UK News

The King and Queen have arrived in France to a guard of honour as they begin a three-day state visit to the country.

The royal couple are visiting Paris and Bordeaux six months after the trip had to be rescheduled because of widespread rioting across the country.

The King and Queen were greeted by the French prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, and other diplomats after they arrived at Paris’s Orly airport on Wednesday afternoon.

An officer and 20 guardsmen of the Republican Guard, which is part of the French National Gendarmerie, were lined up to greet them.

French President Emmanuel Macron issued a poignant welcome ahead of the King’s arrival, writing on social media: “You visited as a Prince, you return as a King. Your Majesty, welcome.”

The King and Queen met up with Mr Macron, 45, and his wife Brigitte, 70, for a ceremony of remembrance and wreath laying at the Arc de Triomphe, in the capital’s centre.

As part of the ceremony, King Charles was invited by the president to symbolically light the monument’s eternal flame which burns in memory of those who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Afterwards, the foursome were due to process down the Champs Elysees by car towards the Elysee Palace, the president’s official residence, where the King and Mr Macron are sitting down for talks.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne greets Britain's King Charles and Britain's Queen Camilla upon arrival at the Orly Airport on September 20, 2023, on the first day of a state visit to France. Britain's King Charles III and his wife Queen Camilla are on a three-day state visit to France. MIGUEL MEDINA/Pool via REUTERS

In the evening, the King and Queen will be guests of honour at a grand black-tie state banquet hosted by Mr and Mrs Macron in the Palace of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors.

Both the King and Mr Macron will address the 160 guests, who will include high-profile figures chosen for their contribution to UK-France relations.

The majority of the original royal programme has been retained but a few new elements have been added, including the Queen and Mrs Macron launching a new Franco-British literary prize at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

Britain's King Charles and Britain's Queen Camilla disembark their aircraft upon arrival at the Orly Airport on September 20, 2023, on the first day of a state visit to France. Britain's King Charles III and his wife Queen Camilla are on a three-day state visit to France. MIGUEL MEDINA/Pool via REUTERS

The King will become the first British monarch to give a speech from France’s senate chamber to senators and national assembly members on Thursday.

Other highlights include the royal couple meeting sports stars as France hosts the Rugby World Cup.

When the couple travel to Bordeaux, home to 39,000 Britons, they will meet UK and French military personnel to hear about how the two nations are collaborating on defence.

Britain's King Charles and Britain's Queen Camilla travel in a royal vehicle upon their arrival at the Orly Airport on September 20, 2023, on the first day of a state visit to France. Britain's King Charles III and his wife Queen Camilla are on a three-day state visit to France. MIGUEL MEDINA/Pool via REUTERS

The King and Queen’s planned tour in March was to be their first state visit, but it was postponed at the last minute after violent nationwide demonstrations.

Bordeaux’s town hall was set on fire by protesters just a few days before the trip was due to begin.

Germany – the second leg of the overseas tour – became the historic first state visit destination for the royal couple instead.

Coronation day: Promise of ‘spectacular’ celebrations as King Charles III prepares to be crowned | UK News

Excitement is building as Charles III prepares to be crowned King today in a historic ceremony full of pomp and pageantry which will be watched by millions of people at home and across the world.

Hundreds of royal fans are camping out at The Mall in London in a sea of tents draped in union flags, in a bid to secure a spot to catch a glimpse of the King in the country’s first coronation in 70 years.

World leaders, kings and queens from across the globe, celebrities, everyday heroes and family and friends of the royal couple will be among over 2,000 guests attending the Westminster Abbey service starting at 11am.

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The nation’s armed forces have promised a “spectacular” display of military pomp and pageantry when the King and Queen Consort travel by carriage through the streets of the capital.

During the ceremony, the St Edward’s Crown, which dates back to 1661, will be placed on the monarch’s head as cries of “God Save the King” will ring out around the abbey and his wife will become Queen Camilla.

The crowned couple will then ride in the four-tonne Gold State Coach back to Buckingham Palace in a mile-long procession featuring 4,000 ceremonial troops.

The Mall
People wait at the Mall outside Buckingham Palace ahead of Britain's King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort's coronation, in London, Britain, May 5, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

‘Precision and detail’

The event is the military’s largest ceremonial operation since Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, with 9,000 servicemen and women deployed.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: “It will be spectacular and with the precision and detail you would expect, we have taken key lessons and best bits from previous coronations, the Platinum Jubilee, Her Late Majesty’s funeral and added them to our plan.”

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A massive security and policing operation, dubbed Golden Orb, is under way that will see 11,500 police officers on duty alongside more than 9,000 military personnel taking part in the ceremony.

Thousands of street parties set to take place

Meanwhile, thousands of street parties and events are set to take place to celebrate the occasion with coronation-themed cakes, activities and decorations.

The King, Queen and other royals are also expected to make an appearance on the famous balcony at Buckingham Palace after returning from the service – but it’s still unclear which members have made the cut.

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Speculation has been rife as to why the palace has not yet announced which members of the royal clan will appear on the famous balcony.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, who are no longer working royals, will not have any formal role at the coronation but will attend the service.

Anticipation continues over whether the six-minute flypast, featuring more than 60 aircraft which are due to soar over London, will go ahead amid concerns of wet weather which could mean it is cancelled at the last minute.

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Protesters warned ahead of coronation

While many people will gather to celebrate the occasion, the coronation is taking place amid a cost of living crisis and public scepticism, particularly among the young, about the role and relevance of the monarchy.

Anti-monarchy group Republic is among a number of groups which have organised protests on the day.

It argues that the coronation pageant will cost tens of millions in taxpayers’ money and points out that many families and households are struggling with spiralling costs as these celebrations take place.

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Red Dwarf star Craig Charles rushed to hospital after suffering pains while presenting radio show | Ents & Arts News

Actor and radio presenter Craig Charles says he was rushed to hospital after becoming unwell during his BBC radio show.

Charles, known for acting roles on Red Dwarf and Coronation Street, told listeners on BBC Radio 6 Music that he had missed a show after spending 24 hours in hospital after coming down with a mysterious condition while on air.

“When we were doing the show on Wednesday… my hand couldn’t grip the pen properly, and my fingers were tingling, and I had a pain in the right side of my shoulder, going up my neck and into the back of my head,” he said.

Members of his production team told him to stop and go to hospital but Charles “was like ‘No, no, no, we’ll get through the show, we’ll get through the show'”.

As soon as his slot finished at 4pm, the 58-year-old was met by his wife Jackie who drove from the BBC headquarters in Salford to Wythenshawe Hospital.

Charles said: “Now they gave me an instant ECG to make sure that my heart was fine and all that, and [said] ‘go and wait in the waiting room and we’ll call your name’.

“So I go and wait in the waiting room, this was at half past four, and they called my name at around a quarter to 10 at night.

“Now this is no disrespect or no criticism of Wythenshawe Hospital, they were brilliant, they were professional, they were caring, they were dedicated.”

He was then told that he needed to have a CT scan – “it is fine, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with the brain” – and also an MRI scan, which would mean an overnight stay, but the hospital did not have any spare beds.

“So we spent the night in the A&E in the triage department, with the blue curtain pulled around us – me and Jackie on this little single hospital trolley,” said Charles.

“We got about an hour’s kip until some guy came in screaming because he’d dislocated his shoulder.

“And we woke up like that and were up ever since. We got out the hospital just as Chris [Hawkins] was wrapping up my show yesterday, so nearly 24 hours in hospital and they still don’t know what’s wrong with me.

“But at least I know I’m not dying yet!”

King Charles to make first overseas visits to France and Germany, Buckingham Palace confirms | UK News

The King will make his first overseas visits as monarch to France and Germany at the end of March.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the King and Queen Consort will travel to Paris before visiting Berlin and Hamburg on their six-day trip starting on 26 March.

The King will address the Bundestag in Berlin, making him the first British monarch to make a speech in the German parliament.

The Queen Consort and King will be hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The choice of European countries for the King’s first state visits is significant and has likely been organised to help restore frayed relations since Brexit.

It’s been confirmed that the pair will attend a state banquet at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Queen’s astonishing example

Mr Macron spoke of the Queen’s affection for France when he attended her state funeral in September.

The Queen made many trips to France throughout her reign. Her first was in 1957, four years after her coronation. Her last state visit was in June 2014, when she visited Paris and Normandy with the Duke of Edinburgh.

The couple attended events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

In 60 years, the Queen undertook 261 official overseas visits, including 78 state visits, to 116 different countries.

The Queen was warmly regarded in Germany, which she visited on a number of occasions. Perhaps most famously in 1965, a state visit which many considered a watershed moment in British-German reconciliations after the Second World War.

Her last trip to Germany was in 2015 when she visited the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen.

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The King’s upcoming state visits had been widely reported in both France and Germany, but have only now been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

The news comes just days after the King met the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at Windsor Castle.

King Charles III receives European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen during an audience at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Monday February 27, 2023. Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS
King Charles meets Ursula von der Leyen

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The meeting, which took place hours after a new Brexit deal on Northern Ireland was agreed, caused some controversy. Critics said it was constitutionally ill-judged and placed the King too close to politics.

King Charles to host reception ahead of COP27 – despite not going himself | UK News

King Charles will host a reception for key COP27 figures at Buckingham Palace on Friday, despite not attending the conference himself.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference begins in Egypt on 6 November, but the King – who has been a passionate campaigner on environmental issues – will not be going.

The reception will bring together over 200 international business leaders, decision makers and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to mark the end of the United Kingdom’s presidency of COP26 and look ahead to the COP27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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The reception has been organised to facilitate discussion of sustainable growth, progress made since COP26 in Glasgow and collective and continued efforts to tackle climate change.

The King has attended the UN climate conference for a number of years and delivered one of the keynote speeches at the opening ceremony for COP26 in Glasgow.

Guests will include Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who pulled out of the summit last week, so he could focus on “domestic challenges” here in the UK. He is expected to speak briefly at the event.

COP26 President Alok Sharma, who lost his cabinet seat in the latest reshuffle, will also be there, along with America’s special envoy on climate change, John Kerry.

Mr Sunak has faced criticism for his decision not to attend the event, with Labour leader Keir Starmer saying the prime minister was missing an opportunity to “pull world leaders together”.

Earlier this week, former energy secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said Mr Sunak was right not to go to the summit, saying: “The cost of living won’t be solved in Sharm el-Sheikh where each hotel room for the conference is £2,000 a night.”

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Rishi Sunak to become PM tomorrow after mid-morning meeting with King Charles | Politics News

Rishi Sunak will become the UK’s next prime minister tomorrow after meeting King Charles at Buckingham Palace in the morning.

At the start of the day, outgoing PM Liz Truss will hold her last cabinet meeting before she is expected to make a departing statement outside Number 10 at 10.15am.

Ms Truss, who became the shortest-serving leader in UK history when she resigned after just 44 days, will then travel to Buckingham Palace for her final audience with King Charles.

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After Ms Truss has left the palace, Mr Sunak will then also travel to Buckingham Palace to be officially appointed as the next PM by the King.

The new Conservative Party leader is expected to then travel back to Downing Street where he will make a public address in front of Number 10 at around 11.35am.

Mr Sunak won the leadership race earlier today after Commons leader Penny Mordaunt bowed out at the eleventh hour, having failed to get the 100 nominations from Tory MPs required by the 2pm deadline.

Sources in the Mordaunt camp said she got 90 nominations, though the number of those who publicly announced their backing of her fell far short of this.

“We all owe it to the country to each other and to Rishi to unite and work together for the good of the nation. There is much work to be done,” Ms Mordaunt said in a tweet.

Her decision came after Boris Johnson also withdrew from the contest on Sunday evening, despite claiming he had the backing of at least the 100 MPs required to make it on to the ballot.

Mr Sunak enters Number 10 unopposed and has avoided an online ballot of the Conservative members that rejected him for Ms Truss last month.

He will be the UK’s first Hindu prime minister, the first of Asian heritage, and the youngest for more than 200 years at the age of 42.

The title of youngest ever prime minister belongs to William Pitt the Younger, who was just 24 when he took office in 1783. Tony Blair was 43.

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In his first comments after being announced as the next prime minister, the new Conservative Party leader said the UK faces a “profound economic challenge”.

He said he was “humbled and honoured” after he was selected by Conservative MPs to lead the party and the nation, describing it as the “greatest privilege in my life”.

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Mr Sunak also paid tribute to outgoing prime minister Liz Truss for her “dedicated public service” in a brief speech at the Conservative Party headquarters in Westminster.

“The United Kingdom is a great country, but there is no doubt we face a profound economic challenge,” he said.

“We now need stability and unity, and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together.”

The former chancellor is taking over from Ms Truss, just two months after she beat him in the last leadership election.