King Charles Steps Out for First Public Outing Since His Cancer Diagnosis Alongside Queen Camilla


The monarch's doctors are "sufficiently pleased with the progress" he has made thus far, allowing for the visit to a research center and hospital to proceed Press Association via AP Images King Charles and Queen Camilla arrive at University College Hospital in London King Charles has returned to public-facing duties amid his ongoing cancer treatment. On April 30, the monarch, 75, accompanied by his wife Queen Camilla, 76, visited a cancer hospital in London. During the poignant outing, they spent around an hour meeting with medical specialists and patients to emphasize the importance of early cancer detection and learn more about the support on offer. The visit to the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre marks King Charles' first official public engagement since his cancer diagnosis was announced on Feb. 5. Following his diagnosis, he has continued working behind the scenes and hosting small audiences. He also greeted well-wishers after attending a church service on Easter Sunday. While the hospital has not been directly involved in the monarch's medical care, highlighting the importance of early detection was one of the reasons King Charles went public with his cancer diagnosis. A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace previously stated that this decision was made "in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer." HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images King Charles visits University College Hospital in London As he stepped out of his maroon royal Bentley, the King waved to well-wishers — some of whom craned their necks out of open windows above — and acknowledged the good wishes of the media who called out, “How are you feeling?” “I felt pleased for the King," loyal royalist John Loughrey, 69, told PEOPLE outside the hospital. "For me, it’s nice to see him back and we all missed him. He’s come here today to see people who’ve got cancer and show that he, and they’re not alone.” King Charles and Queen Camilla stopped to wave to the cameras before being greeted by senior hospital staff and dignitaries. Inside, the monarch was welcomed by cheers from ranks of hospital staff gathered in the main central hall. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Simon Perry (@sperrypeoplemag) The palace has not disclosed the specific type of cancer that King Charles has (beyond stating that he does not have prostate cancer). Royal aides also stressed Tuesday that while his appearance in public shows that people can continue to work with cancer — and return to work when they’re advised as able to do so by doctors — everyone has their own path to follow as they are treated for the condition. King Charles isn't the only member of the royal family undergoing cancer treatment. His daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, revealed her cancer diagnosis last month after weeks of speculation about her health. In an emotional video announcement, she shared a personal message with those affected by the disease. "At this time, I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope," she said. "You are not alone."  Press Association via AP Images King Charles and Queen Camilla visit University College Hospital in London Related: Has King Charles Finished Cancer Treatment? Palace Answers Burning Questions About Monarch's Health The University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, which has been open for 12 years, provides facilities for diagnosing and treating a wide range of cancer and non-cancer conditions. Additionally, it offers crucial support to patients and their families. For Charles and Camilla, the purpose of their visit was to underscore the significance of early cancer diagnosis and to acknowledge innovative research, some of which is funded by Cancer Research UK and conducted at the University College Hospital Macmillan Centre in central London. Upon arrival, Charles and Camilla met with clinicians and learned about their use of groundbreaking technology, such as CT scanners, which aid in early cancer detection. Charles, the new Patron of Cancer Research UK, took the opportunity to meet the charity’s Chief Clinician, Professor Charlie Swanton. Swanton has spearheaded a collaboration with 250 researchers and clinicians based at 19 centers across the U.K. Their research focuses on understanding the evolution of lung cancer over time and the reasons behind treatment ineffectiveness. Samir Hussein/WireImage King Charles and Queen Camilla visit University College Hospital in London While Charles has assumed this new patronage, his wife Camilla is actively involved in combating cancer and its impact on families. As President of Maggie’s cancer charity, one of her core causes, she oversees the provision of expert care and support, free of charge, at centers across the U.K. and online for individuals with cancer, as well as their friends and families. Since assuming the role of President, she has made regular visits to centers throughout the U.K. and inaugurated a new Maggie’s center at London's Royal Free Hospital in January 2024. Buckingham Palace announced encouraging news on April 26, revealing that this outing would be the first of several engagements planned for Charles in the coming weeks. These engagements include hosting a state visit at Buckingham Palace for the Emperor and Empress of Japan in late June. Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! The palace also provided an update on the King's ongoing treatment, sharing a positive sentiment from his doctors. "His Majesty’s treatment program will continue, but doctors are sufficiently pleased with the progress made so far that The King is now able to resume a number of public-facing duties. Forthcoming engagements will be adapted where necessary to minimize any risks to His Majesty’s continued recovery," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said. The palace did not disclose when the King’s treatment might be completed. "It is too early to say, but His Majesty’s medical team are very encouraged by the progress made so far and remain positive about The King’s continued recovery," the spokesperson explained. As for how he's feeling, the palace added that he's "greatly encouraged to be resuming some public-facing duties and very grateful to his medical team for their continued care and expertise." For more People news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter! Read the original article on People. (People.com Latest News) More More

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