King and Queen leave Buckingham Palace by helicopter; brothers have no plan to meet while Harry in UK
It has not said what type of cancer the 75-year-old has, but confirmed that it was not prostate cancer. The King was recently treated for prostate enlargement.
How will the King’s duties change?
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Regrettably, a number of the King’s forthcoming public engagements will have to be rearranged or postponed.
“His Majesty would like to apologise to all those who may be disappointed or inconvenienced as a consequence.”
It added that he “looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible”.
The King will continue with paperwork and private meetings as head of state.
Which Royals can step in for the King?
While the King is recovering, the Queen will continue attending public engagements, Buckingham Palace said.
If it became the case that the King was not able to carry out official duties for a temporary period, two or more members of the Royal Family would be appointed as Counsellors of State, to act in his place.
They could include the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Edinburgh.
- King Charles has been pictured for the first time since his cancer diagnosis was announced on Monday evening
- Both he and Queen Camilla left Clarence House to travel to Sandringham by helicopter
- Earlier, Prince Harry arrived in London to visit his father – he flew in from his home in California
- We understand there are no plans for him and his brother William to meet during his trip to the UK
- Buckingham Palace announced the King’s cancer was found during his recent treatment for a benign enlarged prostate
- They haven’t said what type of cancer he’s been diagnosed with
- The monarch has postponed public duties, but will continue state duties and will still meet the prime minister weekly