In a shocking announcement, King Charles shared that he had been diagnosed with cancer following treatment for a benign enlarged prostate.

The Royal Family has not yet specified the form of the cancer, but he will begin regular treatment and postpone public functions. However, he will continue to work on state affairs and official documentation.

The monarch was diagnosed with the disease while undergoing separate treatment for an enlarged prostate in January at the London Clinic.

Expressing his gratitude to the medical team for their quick intervention, the King feels positive about the treatment and looks forward to returning to his royal duties, says the Royal Family.

In a statement released yesterday, the family said: “Her Majesty has chosen to share her diagnosis to avoid speculation and in the hope that it may help public understanding for all people around the world who are affected by cancer.”

The discovery comes after he was hospitalized at the same time as Kate Middleton was recovering at the London Clinic following abdominal surgery.

Here's a look back at the history of health problems in the Royal Family.

Kate Middleton

In January, the Princess of Wales entered the London Clinic for abdominal surgery due to an unspecified condition.

The exact details of the princess' condition have not been revealed, but the palace previously said it was not related to cancer and that Kate wished her personal medical information to remain private.

Kate Middleton has been praised and criticized for allegedly working from her hospital bed after abdominal surgery

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Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was diagnosed with skin cancer in January 2024, just months after receiving treatment for breast cancer.

In July 2023, the 64-year-old had an eight-hour mastectomy – but unfortunately last month, during follow-up surgery, dermatologists, upon removing several moles, discovered that one was a malignant melanoma.

The Duchess is now undergoing further tests to see if the cancer has spread to other parts of her body, but is said to be in good spirits.

Sarah Ferguson was diagnosed with skin cancer after treatment for breast cancer

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Queen Elizabeth II

The beloved Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, after a record reign of more than 70 years, at the age of 96.

The Queen was hospitalized in October 2021, shortly after the death of her husband, Prince Philip. The monarch then failed to attend several public appearances due to poor health, as she reportedly suffered from a lack of energy and weakness.

In February 2022, she tested positive for Covid after suffering mild cold symptoms, the Palace said at the time.

She was pronounced dead at 3:10 pm on September 8, 2022 by Dr. Douglas James Allan Glass. The cause of her death was ruled old age.

Concerns arose for Queen Elizabeth II when she was seen with a cane in a rare appearance before her death


Prince Philip

The Queen's beloved husband died aged 99 in April 2021, his cause of death officially recorded as “old age”.

Before his passing, the king was discharged from hospital after treatment for a pre-existing heart condition.

In 2012 he missed the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations due to a bladder infection and in 2011 he was airlifted from Sandringham to hospital for chest pains – he was then treated for a blocked coronary artery.

The royal was involved in a car accident two years earlier when a vehicle crashed into his car, but he was not injured but sought medical advice as a precaution.

Queen mother

Queen Elizabeth I, the Queen Mother, died aged 101 in 2002 after suffering from ulcers on her left leg and persistent hip problems that led to mobility problems in old age.

In 1995, she had a right hip replacement and three years later, her left hip was replaced.

Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), Princess Margaret and King George VI after her coronation, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London


King George VI

On February 6, 1952, King George VI died in the middle of the night.

He survived a major operation to remove his left lung in September 1951, but succumbed to a blood clot a few months later.

It caused coronary thrombosis, the blockage of the coronary arteries that carry blood to the heart, leading to sudden collapse and fatal heart failure.

His death came as a shock to the public and the royal family, as not even the king was informed of the full extent of his illness.

It was later discovered that he suffered from lung cancer after smoking heavily throughout his life.

The Queen with her father King George VI and Prince Philip watching the young King Charles sitting on a statue at Balmoral in 1951 (PA)

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Edward VIII

King George VI's brother was the reigning monarch until he abdicated the throne in January 1936.

Like his brother, he smoked frequently and died in 1972 after battling throat cancer.