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Royal news – live: King Charles leaves hospital hours after Kate returns home from surgery

King Charles has left hospital following treatment for an enlarged prostate, hours after the Princess of Wales also checked out of the same facility.

The monarch spent three nights at The London Clinic after being admitted on Friday, before leaving the hospital shortly after Queen Camilla was spotted smiling in a black Audi car on her way to visit the King for the fourth time.

Kate, the Princess of Wales, had also been admitted to The London Clinic a fortnight earlier for a planned procedure receving abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace has said.

Buckingham Palace said last week that Charles, 75, would undergo the procedure for a benign condition which was common among men over 50.

Queen Camilla told people inside The London Clinic on Friday that the King was “doing well” after the procedure.

Charles also visited his daughter-in-law in the hospital as she recovered from her own procedure, it was reported.

Key Points

  • King Charles leaves hospital just hours after daughter-in-law

  • Princess of Wales returns home from hospital

  • Queen makes fifth visit to hospital

  • King is ‘doing well’ after treatment for enlarged prostate

When will Kate Middleton return to royal duties?

12:00 , Lydia Patrick

Kate Middleton underwent abdomen surgery in the same hospitalwhere King Charles had treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The 42-year-old future Queen is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter, and the Prince of Wales has temporarily stepped back from his royal role to juggle caring for her and their children.

A royal source told the Sunday Times the couple has switched to “100 per cent family first, day job second”, however the princess is likely to be working behind the scenes on her early years projects.

Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and siblings, Pippa Matthews and James Middleton, are also expected to be hands-on in helping the family navigate the next few months as the princess recovers.

Among the engagements the princess will miss over the coming weeks are the Baftas in February, the annual Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey, and the St David’s Day Parade at the start of March, as well as the St Patrick’s Day parade with the military later the same month.

It is understood her return to official duties will depend on medical advice nearer the time and that William plans to resume his public engagement once her care and recovery has settled.

Kate will be under the careful watch of royal doctors and also benefit from the London Clinic’s aftercare, with dedicated physiotherapists on hand with a personalised plan and a video check-up at home with a nurse specialist on offer.

Kate Middleton has been both praised and criticised for reportedly working from her hospital bed following abdominal surgery (Getty Images)
Kate Middleton has been both praised and criticised for reportedly working from her hospital bed following abdominal surgery (Getty Images)

In pictures - King Charles leaves London Clinic

11:00 , Lydia Patrick

King Charles III Leaves Hospital After Treatment For Enlarged Prostate (Getty Images)
King Charles III Leaves Hospital After Treatment For Enlarged Prostate (Getty Images)
King Charles III departs the London Clinic in central London after spending three nights receiving medical care following treatme (PA)
King Charles III departs the London Clinic in central London after spending three nights receiving medical care following treatme (PA)
Queen Camilla, accompanies her husband, King Charles III as he leaves the London Clinic in central Londo (PA)
Queen Camilla, accompanies her husband, King Charles III as he leaves the London Clinic in central Londo (PA)

Enlarged prostate ‘inevitable part of ageing for most men’, expert says

10:32 , Lydia Patrick

One in every three men over the age of 50 will have symptoms of an enlarged prostate including needing to visit the toilet more frequently, with more urgency and have difficulty emptying their bladder.

Ian Eardley, consultant urological surgeon in Leeds and national clinical director for NHS England, told the PA news agency that the condition becomes more common with age and will affect up to four in five men aged 75.

“It’s very, very common, at that age you would expect upwards of 70% to 80% of men to have an enlarged prostate,” he said.

“About half of them will have symptoms, and broadly speaking about half of them will become bothered to some extent by those symptoms.

“To some extent it is an inevitable part of ageing for just about all men.”

Royal family share update

09:40 , Lydia Patrick

King Charles was discharged from the London Clinic yesterday following treatment for an enlarged prostate.

They issued the following statement on X: “Thank you to all those who have sent their good wishes during The King’s hospital stay. His Majesty is delighted that his diagnosis is having a positive impact on public health awareness.”

King Charles and Kate check out of hospital after treatments - with weeks of recovery ahead

09:11 , Lydia Patrick

King Charles and the Princess of Wales checked out of hospital on the same day following their respective treatments, with weeks of recovery expected.

The King, 75, left the London Clinic on Monday afternoon with the Queen by his side, after spending three nights receiving medical care following for an enlarged prostate.

He underwent a corrective procedure for the benign condition and could now take up to a month off from public duties as he recuperates.

Read the full story here...

Charles and Kate check out of hospital after treatment - with weeks of recovery ahead

Camilla contributes to book project to celebrate Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

08:14 , Lydia Patrick

The Queen has joined some of the country’s best-loved authors in helping to create a collection of miniature books to celebrate the centenary of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

Camilla has handwritten an introduction to one of the tiny works, while Sir Tom Stoppard, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Sir Ben Okri and Julia Donaldson also put their calligraphy skills to the test making their tomes.

The dolls’ house has a library reflecting tastes from the 1920s, when it was made, but the 20 new manuscripts update the collection with short stories, poetry collections and illustrated tales to plays, articles and recipes, many inspired by the Dolls’ House or written specially for the occasion.

The Queen will welcome some of the authors, illustrators and binders from the project to Windsor Castle on Tuesday to thank them and view the miniature books.

She said: “For me, it is the library that is the most breath-taking space in the house.

“These new books highlight the incredible richness of 21st century literary talent – and demonstrate how fortunate we are to have access to so many outstanding writers, whose work brings joy, comfort, laughter, companionship and hope to us all, opening our eyes to others’ experiences and reminding us that we are not alone.”

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – the largest and most famous in the world – was completed in 1924 for King George V’s consort as a gift from the nation after the First World War.

It is a perfect 1:12 scale replica of an Edwardian home, complete with electricity, working lifts, running water, luxurious royal suites and functional below-stairs servants’ quarters.

The Queen has joined some of the country’s best-loved authors in helping to create a collection of miniature books to celebrate the centenary of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House (PA) (PA Wire)
The Queen has joined some of the country’s best-loved authors in helping to create a collection of miniature books to celebrate the centenary of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House (PA) (PA Wire)

ICYMI: King Charles and Kate check out of hospital after treatments - with weeks of recovery ahead

07:00 , Athena Stavrou

King Charles and the Princess of Wales checked out of hospital on the same day following their respective treatments, with weeks of recovery expected.

The King, 75, left the London Clinic on Monday afternoon with the Queen by his side, after spending three nights receiving medical care following care for an enlarged prostate.

He left the London Clinic just a few hours after the Princess of Wales was discharged from the same hospital, almost two weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery for an undisclosed reason.

Read the full article here:

Charles and Kate check out of hospital after treatment - with weeks of recovery ahead

Downing Street praises King after hospital stay

06:00 , Athena Stavrou

The King “deserves credit” for increasing awareness of prostate issues after sharing news about his own operation, Downing Street has said.

Asked about Rishi Sunak’s reaction to Charles leaving hospital after treatment for an enlarged prostate, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “He’s obviously pleased he’s made a very swift recovery.

“He also deserves credit for raising awareness of an important issue.

“I understand the NHS website has seen a significant increase in people using it around that issue, and that’s to his credit.”

Who is helping Kate recover?

05:00 , Athena Stavrou

The Princess of Wales left hospital and returned to her home in Windsor almost two weeks after undergoing major abdominal surgery on Monday.

The 42-year-old future Queen is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter, and the Prince of Wales has temporarily stepped back from his royal role to juggle caring for her and their children.

Heir to the throne William, who has spent time at his wife’s bedside, has been looking after Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, with all his official duties on hold.

A royal source told the Sunday Times the Waleses have switched to “100% family first, day job second”.

The family live in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor’s Home Park and are being supported by their staff, including loyal, long-standing nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and siblings, Pippa Matthews and James Middleton, are also expected to be hands-on in helping the Waleses navigate the next few months as the princess recovers.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Enlarged prostate ‘inevitable part of ageing for most men’, expert says

04:00 , Athena Stavrou

One in every three men over the age of 50 will have symptoms of an enlarged prostate including needing to visit the toilet more frequently, with more urgency and have difficulty emptying their bladder.

Ian Eardley, consultant urological surgeon in Leeds and national clinical director for NHS England, told the PA news agency that the condition becomes more common with age and will affect up to four in five men aged 75.

“It’s very, very common, at that age you would expect upwards of 70% to 80% of men to have an enlarged prostate,” he said.

“About half of them will have symptoms, and broadly speaking about half of them will become bothered to some extent by those symptoms.

“To some extent it is an inevitable part of ageing for just about all men.”

Watch: King Charles smiles as he leaves hospital following prostate procedure

03:00 , Athena Stavrou

King Charles visited daughter-in-law Kate

02:00 , Athena Stavrou

King Charles and his daughter-in-law Kate both left the London Clinic on Monday after being treated for their own health issues.

Before his treatment for his enlarged prostate, Charles took time to visit his daughter-in-law Kate, who was recovering at the hospital after undergoing successful abdominal surgery last week.

The pair left the private hospital within hours of each other and are said to be recovering at home.

 (Getty)
(Getty)

Camilla joins authors to create collection of miniature books to celebrate Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

01:00 , Athena Stavrou

The Queen has joined some of the country’s best-loved authors in helping to create a collection of miniature books to celebrate the centenary of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

Camilla has handwritten an introduction to one of the tiny works, while Sir Tom Stoppard, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Sir Ben Okri and Julia Donaldson also put their calligraphy skills to the test making their tomes.

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – the largest and most famous in the world – was completed in 1924 for King George V’s consort as a gift from the nation after the First World War.

It is a perfect 1:12 scale replica of an Edwardian home, complete with electricity, working lifts, running water, luxurious royal suites and functional below-stairs servants’ quarters.

The dolls’ house has a library reflecting tastes from the 1920s but the 20 new manuscripts update the collection with short stories, poetry collections and illustrated tales to plays, articles and recipes, many inspired by the Dolls’ House or written specially for the occasion.The Queen will welcome some of the authors, illustrators and binders from the project to Windsor Castle on Tuesday to thank them and view the miniature books.

“For me, it is the library that is the most breath-taking space in the house,” she said. “These new books highlight the incredible richness of 21st century literary talent – and demonstrate how fortunate we are to have access to so many outstanding writers, whose work brings joy, comfort, laughter, companionship and hope to us all, opening our eyes to others’ experiences and reminding us that we are not alone.”

The King’s bedroom in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House (King Charles III/Royal Collection Trust/PA)
The King’s bedroom in Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House (King Charles III/Royal Collection Trust/PA)

What is an enlarged prostate?

00:01 , Athena Stavrou

King Charles left hospital on Monday after undergoing treatment for an enlarged prostate.

One in every three men over the age of 50 will have symptoms of an enlarged prostate, which include needing to visit the toilet more frequently, with more urgency, and difficulty emptying the bladder.

An enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, does not usually pose a serious threat to health, and it is not cancer.

But patients may need to have several tests for the condition to rule out the possibility they have another illness with similar symptoms, such as prostate cancer.

Surgery is usually only recommended for moderate to severe symptoms that have not responded to medicine, the NHS website says.

Treatment can include a number of procedures, including removing part of the prostate gland with a laser, water ablation using the pressure of the water to destroy prostate tissue, or urethral lift implants, which hold the enlarged prostate away from the urethra so it is not blocked.

Other options include a prostate artery embolisation, during which tiny plastic particles are injected into blood vessels to shrink the prostate gland by reducing its blood supply.

Inside the London clinic where King Charles and Kate were treated

Monday 29 January 2024 23:00 , Athena Stavrou

Both King Charles and the Princess of Wales checked out of the same hospital within hours of each other on Monday after being treated for their respective health conditions there.

The London Clinic, now one of the UK’s largest independent hospitals, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of York, then the future King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, back in 1932.

It was the brainchild of a group of Harley Street doctors, who set out to plan a new nursing home using the highest medical standards of the day, and its website says it was “founded on the principles of providing excellence in one place”.

Around 155 different conditions are treated at the hospital, which also operates as a charity, reinvesting in research, education and innovation.

My colleague Maryam Zakir-Hussain has more details here:

Inside the London clinic where King Charles and Kate are being treated

Prince William postponing royal engagements until Kate recovers ‘shows his priority is family’

Monday 29 January 2024 22:00 , Athena Stavrou

Heir to the throne William has stepped back from official duties for several weeks to juggle looking after their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and care for his wife after her abdominal surgery.

Jennie Bond, formerly the BBC’s royal correspondent, explained to OK! Magazine that she believes William postponing his royal engagements whilst his wife recovers shows that his family is his clear priority over his royal duties.

“William choosing not to do engagements is completely in line with their view that they make the family the most important thing as much as they possibly can,” she tells OK!

“They prioritise their family life and I always applaud them for doing that. This is a time when the kids are going to need their dad more than ever, with their mum in hospital, so he’s going to be there to reassure them.”

Kate left hospital on Monday but is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter.

The family live in Adelaide Cottage in Windsor’s Home Park and will be being supported by their staff, including loyal, long-standing nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

 (AP)
(AP)

Full story: King Charles and Kate check out of hospital after treatments - with weeks of recovery ahead

Monday 29 January 2024 21:00 , Athena Stavrou

King Charles and the Princess of Wales checked out of hospital on the same day following their respective treatments, with weeks of recovery expected.

The King, 75, left the London Clinic on Monday afternoon with the Queen by his side, after spending three nights receiving medical care following care for an enlarged prostate.

He left the London Clinic just a few hours after the Princess of Wales was discharged from the same hospital, almost two weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery for an undisclosed reason.Read the full article here:

Charles and Kate check out of hospital after treatment - with weeks of recovery ahead

What was King Charles treated for?

Monday 29 January 2024 20:00 , Athena Stavrou

The King has left hospital after spending three nights receiving medical care following treatment for an enlarged prostate.

One in three men over the age of 50 will have symptoms of an enlarged prostate, including needing to visit the toilet more often and with more urgency and difficulty emptying the bladder.

An enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, does not usually pose a serious threat to health and it is not cancer. However, patients may need to have several tests for the condition to rule out the possibility they have another illness with similar symptoms, such as prostate cancer.

Surgery is usually only recommended for moderate to severe symptoms which have not responded to medicine, the NHS website says.

Treatment can include a number of procedures, including removing part of the prostate gland with a laser, water ablation using the pressure of the water to destroy prostate tissue, or urethral lift implants, which hold the enlarged prostate away from the urethra so it is not blocked.

Other options include a prostate artery embolisation, during which tiny plastic particles are injected into blood vessels to shrink the prostate gland by reducing its blood supply.

 (PA)
(PA)

How will Kate recover?

Monday 29 January 2024 19:00 , Athena Stavrou

The Princess of Wales has left hospital and returned to her home in Windsor almost two weeks after undergoing major abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace has said.

Kate will be under the careful watch of royal doctors and also benefit from the London Clinic’s aftercare, with dedicated physiotherapists on hand with a personalised plan and a video check-up at home with a nurse specialist on offer.

NHS advice about recovering from abdominal surgery says that, after a major operation with a large incision, it takes two to three months to be able to move around comfortably, but this will be quicker if the procedure was keyhole surgery.

Patients who have major abdominal surgery are urged to avoid lifting anything heavier than the weight of a full kettle – around 4.4lb-6.6lb (2kg-3kg).

It can also take two years for the strength of the abdominal wall to return to its previous condition.

Sitting and standing exercises are recommended to build strength, with an aim of walking gradually each day, increasing distance to reach 30 minutes daily within two to three months.

 (PA)
(PA)

Buckingham Palace’s full statement

Monday 29 January 2024 17:47 , Athena Stavrou

The King has left The London Clinic where he has been receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The King was this afternoon discharged from hospital following planned medical treatment and has rescheduled forthcoming public engagements to allow for a period of private recuperation.

“His Majesty would like to thank the medical team and all those involved in supporting his hospital visit, and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days.”

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

King ‘deserves credit’ for sharing prostate news, PM says

Monday 29 January 2024 16:52 , Athena Stavrou

The King “deserves credit” for increasing awareness of prostate issues after sharing news about his own operation, Downing Street has said.

Asked about Rishi Sunak’s reaction to Charles leaving hospital after treatment for an enlarged prostate, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “He’s obviously pleased he’s made a very swift recovery.

“He also deserves credit for raising awareness of an important issue.

“I understand the NHS website has seen a significant increase in people using it around that issue, and that’s to his credit.”

 (PA)
(PA)

Watch: King Charles smiles as he leaves hospital following prostate procedure

Monday 29 January 2024 16:02 , Andy Gregory

Princess of Wales not expected to return to official duties until Easter

Monday 29 January 2024 15:04 , Andy Gregory

The Princess of Wales is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter, and the Prince of Wales has temporarily stepped back from his royal role to juggle caring for her and their children.

The 42-year-old future Queen left the London Clinic earlier on Monday and it is understood her return to official duties will depend on medical advice nearer the time.

Once the princess's care and recovery has settled, the Prince of Wales plans to resume his public engagements.

Breaking: King Charles leaves hospital four days after admission

Monday 29 January 2024 15:03 , Andy Gregory

King Charles has been seen leaving hospital following treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The monarch was witnessed waving at observers outside The London Clinic, where he has spent three nights since first being admitted.

Queen Camilla makes fifth visit to Charles in hospital

Monday 29 January 2024 14:19 , Andy Gregory

The Queen has arrived for another visit at The London Clinic where the King has had treatment for an enlarged prostate.

Camilla was driven into a side entrance of the private central hospital at 2.10pm.

Charles was admitted in to the clinic on Friday, since which time Camilla has now made five visits.

Kensington Palace statement in full as Kate leaves hospital

Monday 29 January 2024 13:01 , Andy Gregory

Princess of Wales ‘making good progress’, says palace

Monday 29 January 2024 12:15 , Andy Gregory

The Princess of Wales is “making good progress” in her recovery from abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace has said, as it announced that the royal had returned home from hospital.

“She is making good progress,” the palace said.

“The Prince and Princess wish to say a huge thank you to the entire team at the London Clinic, especially the dedicated nursing staff, for the care they have provided.”

Princess of Wales returns home from hospital

Monday 29 January 2024 12:05 , Andy Gregory

Kate, the Princess of Wales, has returned home from hospital after receiving abdominal surgery, Kensington Palace has said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘chemistry’ caught on camera

Monday 29 January 2024 11:51 , Andy Gregory

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a sweet moment during their surprise visit to Jamaica for the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently attended a screening of the forthcoming Bob Marley biopic, which stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as the Jamaican singer-songwriter, at the Carib Theatre in Kingston on 23 January. In a video posted to TikTok, one fan captured the touching moment Meghan, 42, reached for Harry, 39, during the event.

Meredith Clark has the report:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘chemistry’ caught on camera in Jamaica

Watch: Queen visits King Charles in hospital for third time following prostate procedure

Monday 29 January 2024 10:59 , Andy Gregory

King’s stay in hospital ‘extended’, report claims

Monday 29 January 2024 10:03 , Andy Gregory

The King’s stay in hospital has been extended, it has been claimed in a report, after the monarch remained at the London facility for a third night.

“It is understood that Charles would only stay in hospital for longer than two nights if there was some kind of unexpected issue,” The Sun quoted a source as saying. “The extra stay is entirely precautionary but has nevertheless reportedly caused some unease.

“It’s now expected Charles will have to avoid public jobs for at least a month on medical advice. But knowing the King, he will try to keep some private audiences and insist on keeping on top of his paperwork.”

Inside the London clinic where King Charles and Kate are being treated

Monday 29 January 2024 09:18 , Andy Gregory

The London Clinic, now one of the UK’s largest independent hospitals, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of York, then the future King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, back in 1932.

It was the brainchild of a group of Harley Street doctors, who set out to plan a new nursing home using the highest medical standards of the day, and its website says it was “founded on the principles of providing excellence in one place”.

Around 155 different conditions are treated at the hospital, which also operates as a charity, reinvesting in research, education and innovation.

My colleague Maryam Zakir-Hussain has more details here:

Inside the London clinic where King Charles and Kate are being treated

King ‘doing well’ after procedure, says Queen

Monday 29 January 2024 08:31 , Andy Gregory

Queen Camilla told people inside The London Clinic on Friday that the King was “doing well” after the procedure.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson previously said the King was “admitted to a London hospital for scheduled treatment”.

The spokesperson added: “His Majesty would like to thank all those who have sent their good wishes over the past week and is delighted to learn that his diagnosis is having a positive impact on public health awareness.”

It is not known how long Charles will spend in hospital.

King Charles spends third night in hospital

Monday 29 January 2024 07:40 , Andy Gregory

The King has spent a third night in hospital after undergoing a procedure for an enlarged prostate.

Charles was twice visited by the Queen on Sunday, the third and fourth times she has been to see him at the private hospital since they arrived on Friday.

Camilla smiled as she arrived at The London Clinic in central London by car at midday on Sunday, leaving again just over three hours later.

She returned between 6pm and 7pm and was smiling as she left.

It is the same hospital where the Princess of Wales is being cared for after abdominal surgery.

Charles cancels engagements to get treatment

Monday 29 January 2024 06:00 , Barney Davis

Charles, who only acceded to throne 16 months ago, cancelled engagements and was urged to rest by his doctors ahead of the corrective procedure.

The exact nature of the 75-year-old’s treatment is not known.

NHS England said the “enlarged prostate” page on the NHS website received one visit every five seconds on the day the King’s diagnosis was announced, with further huge boosts in visits in the days that followed.

Queen visits King Charles in hospital for third time following prostate procedure

Monday 29 January 2024 05:01 , Barney Davis

Queen visits King Charles twice in hospital on Sunday

Monday 29 January 2024 04:00 , Barney Davis

The Queen has visited the King as he remains in hospital for a third day after undergoing a procedure for an enlarged prostate.

Camilla smiled as she arrived at The London Clinic in central London by car just before midday on Sunday.

She left the hospital just over three hours later, at 3.10pm.

It is the same hospital where the Princess of Wales is being cared for following abdominal surgery.

She visited for a second time between 6pm and 7pm.

The Queen’s visits on Sunday were her third and fourth to the private hospital since she arrived with Charles on Friday morning ahead of the procedure.

In Pictures: Queen visits King Charles as he recovers in London Clinic

Monday 29 January 2024 03:01 , Barney Davis

 (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)
(Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)
 (James Manning/PA Wire)
(James Manning/PA Wire)
 (James Manning/PA Wire)
(James Manning/PA Wire)

Inside the London clinic where King Charles and Kate are being treated

Monday 29 January 2024 02:01 , Barney Davis

The London Clinic, now one of the UK’s largest independent hospitals, was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of York, then the future King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, back in 1932.

It was the brainchild of a group of Harley Street doctors, who set out to plan a new nursing home using the highest medical standards of the day, and its website says it was “founded on the principles of providing excellence in one place”.

Around 155 different conditions are treated at the hospital, which also operates as a charity, reinvesting in research, education and innovation.

Inside the London clinic where King Charles and Kate are being treated

The Queen has King Charles is ‘fine’ and looking forward to getting back to work

Monday 29 January 2024 01:00 , Barney Davis

The King was diagnosed with the benign condition on January 17 while staying at Birkhall, Aberdeenshire, after going for a check-up because he was experiencing symptoms.

He is understood to have wanted to share the news to encourage other men to get themselves checked.

Charles, who acceded to throne only 16 months ago, cancelled engagements and was urged to rest by his doctors ahead of the corrective procedure.

The exact nature of the 75-year-old’s treatment is not known.

NHS England said the “enlarged prostate” page on the NHS website received one visit every five seconds on the day the King’s diagnosis was announced, with further huge boosts in visits in the days that followed.

The King will remain in hospital overnight (Andrew Matthews/PA) (PA Wire)
The King will remain in hospital overnight (Andrew Matthews/PA) (PA Wire)

King expected to fulfill duties after successful surgery

Sunday 28 January 2024 23:56 , Barney Davis

King Charles’ time in the hospital comes over a week after Buckingham Palace revealed that he needed a “corrective procedure” for a benign enlarged prostate condition.

“In common with thousands of men each year, The King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate. His Majesty’s condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure,” a palace statement read. “The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation.”

A royal source told People that the King would still be able to fulfill his constitutional requirements and duties despite the surgery. It’s also understood that King Charles revealed his diagnosis in an effort to encourage men to get checked.

According to the U.K.’s National Health Service website, the King’s announcement led to an 1,000% increase in searches about prostate enlargement. “It was sensible to be more open about it, as otherwise, people might have thought the worst,” a palace insider said.

Britain King Charles III (PA)
Britain King Charles III (PA)

What is malignant melanoma? Everything you need to know about skin cancer after Sarah Ferguson’s diagnosis

Sunday 28 January 2024 22:46 , Barney Davis

Sarah, Duchess of York has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma following the removal of a cancerous mole during treatment for breast cancer.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other areas of the body.

Any diagnosis of melanoma is cancer, even if the term “malignant” is not used before it.

What is malignant melanoma? What we know after Duchess of York announces diagnosis

NHS sees massive surge in melanoma searches after Duchess of York diagnosed

Sunday 28 January 2024 21:23 , Barney Davis

The NHS has seen a massive surge in people looking for information on melanoma skin cancer after Sarah, Duchess of York, was diagnosed with the disease.

NHS England said there was one visit every 13 seconds to the NHS website for information on melanoma in the two days following the announcement on Sunday.

NHS sees massive surge in melanoma searches after Duchess of York diagnosed

Exact details of King Charles’ condition ‘still unknown'

Sunday 28 January 2024 20:20 , Barney Davis

NHS England reported that the “enlarged prostate” page on their website received a visit every five seconds on the day the King’s diagnosis was announced, with more visits in the following days.

The Queen previously said her husband is “fine” and eager to return to work.

On the same day as his diagnosis, Kensington Palace announced that Kate had been hospitalised after abdominal surgery.

Kate, 42, is not expected to carry out official duties until after Easter, with the Prince of Wales clearing his diary for now.

Smiling Queen leaves King Charles in hospital again as he recovers from prostate procedure

Sunday 28 January 2024 19:16 , Barney Davis

The Queen left The London Clinic at 7.06pm in the same black Audi in which she arrived.

Camilla was in a rear passenger seat and could be seen smiling.