King Charles makes first public appearance since announcing he has cancer: Attends church service

The king, wearing a brown coat and carrying an umbrella, waved as he arrived with his wife Camilla at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, eastern England

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Charles waving, Photo: Reuters
Charles waving, Photo: Reuters

Britain's King Charles attended a church service today in his first public appearance since it was announced last Sunday that he had been diagnosed with cancer and would postpone some engagements to undergo treatment.

The king, dressed in a brown coat and carrying an umbrella, waved as he arrived with his wife Camilla at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, eastern England, reports Reuters.

Buckingham Palace announced on Monday that Charles, 75, had been diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer.

The king has been on the throne less than 18 months after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

Charles, who spends time at his country estate in Sandringham, posted a message on Saturday thanking well-wishers after his diagnosis.

While receiving treatment, Charles has put public engagements on hold, but plans to resume much of his private work as monarch, including weekly audiences with the prime minister and dealing with state papers.

The cancer was discovered when Charles spent three nights in hospital last month, undergoing a corrective procedure for a benign prostate enlargement.

Apart from confirming that it was not prostate cancer, the palace did not provide any additional details.

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