King Charles returns to London for more cancer treatment after public appearance at Sandringham

13 February 2024, 10:53 | Updated: 13 February 2024, 11:51

King Charles and Queen Camilla pictured together on their return to London
King Charles and Queen Camilla pictured together on their return to London. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

King Charles has been pictured returning to London for more cancer treatment after travelling from Sandringham.

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Charles, 75, landed at Clarendon House in the royal helicopter with Queen Camilla by his side after spending the week in Norfolk.

Last week the monarch told the public he had been diagnosed with cancer after treatment of a benign enlarged prostate led to the shock discovery.

On Saturday, the King spoke about his diagnosis for the first time as he thanked people for their “many messages of support and good wishes”.

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King Charles smiled and waved as he arrived back in London
King Charles smiled and waved as he arrived back in London. Picture: Alamy

Charles and Queen Camilla flew by helicopter to Buckingham Palace from their private Sandringham home, and were driven the short distance to nearby Clarence House.

It was announced last week that the head of state has a "form of cancer" and at the weekend he issued a statement praising "all those organisations which support cancer patients".

Charles has postponed all public-facing duties, but is continuing with behind-the-scenes work on his red boxes of state papers.

The Queen has been carrying out her royal diary of engagements and last week said her husband was doing "extremely well under the circumstances".

The King, 75, was accompanied by Queen Camilla and looked in good spirits
The King, 75, was accompanied by Queen Camilla and looked in good spirits. Picture: Alamy

She said the King, who underwent his first bout of cancer treatment last week, had been "very touched" by all the messages of support he has received from the public.

The King "remains wholly positive" since the shock announcement.

He had been staying in Sandringham since his first cancer treatment.

King Charles personally told Harry about the diagnosis in a phone call before the Duke of Sussex flew over from the US to see his father in a 30-minute face to face meeting.

The royal helicopter carrying King Charles III and Queen Camilla
The royal helicopter carrying King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Picture: Alamy

It was their first in-person meeting for 16 months.

On the weekend, the King sent his thanks for all the messages of support he has received.

He said: “As all those who have been affected by cancer he added it was “equally heartening” that sharing his diagnosis has “shone a light” on the great work carried out by cancer charities.

He said: “My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.”

will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.”

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