King Charles' cancer diagnosis: Buckingham Palace statement in full

The King will "postpone public-facing duties" during periods of treatment. Credit: Buckingham Palace

King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer and as a result will be taking a step back from public-facing duties, as he receives treatment, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The monarch says he feels "wholly positive" about his treatment and will "continue to undertake state business and official paperwork as usual".

Here is the full statement released by Buckingham Palace:

"During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted.

Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.

His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.

Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.

The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure.

He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.

His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer."

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