King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement to the public on Monday, noting that the 75-year-old monarch received the diagnosis after undergoing treatment for a separate medical procedure.

“During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer,” Buckingham Palace stated.

Charles has since embarked on a schedule of regular treatments, prompting doctors to advise him to temporarily step back from public-facing duties. However, throughout this period of medical care, Buckingham Palace noted that the King would continue to fulfil his state responsibilities and handle official paperwork as usual.

The monarch expressed gratitude to his medical team for their prompt intervention, made possible due to the earlier hospital procedure. Despite the challenges presented by the cancer diagnosis, Charles remains remarkably positive about his treatment and eagerly anticipates returning to full public duty at the earliest opportunity.

Charles’ decision to share the news with the public is twofold according to the statement of the Royal residence.

In addition to choosing transparency over speculation, it is hoped that by going public with the information, the King’s diagnosis will assist the public’s understanding of all those around the world who are affected by cancer.