- By Thomas Mackintosh and Louisa Pilbeam at Sandringham
- BBC News
King Charles visited Sandringham Church in his first public outing since Buckingham Palace announced his cancer diagnosis.
The king waved to the public as he left St. Mary Magdalene Church with his wife, Queen Camilla.
It comes after the king, 75, on Saturday thanked people for their “support and well wishes” since the news broke.
He added that everyone affected by cancer knows that “such kind thoughts” are “the greatest comfort and encouragement”.
Around 100 well-wishers were gathered on Sunday as the King entered Sandringham Church, speaking briefly to the Reverend Canon Dr Paul Williams.
Crowds gathered around the gates of the private estate, but were not allowed into the park, which was closed to the public until Easter.
King Charles left Clarence House, London, for his residence in Norfolk on Tuesday, accompanied by the Queen. His youngest son, the Duke of Sussex, had arrived from the United States for a brief visit earlier in the day.
The king’s cancer was detected while he was undergoing treatment in London for an enlarged prostate in January.
Although the type of cancer was not disclosed, the Palace confirmed that it was not prostate cancer.
King Charles has stepped back from all public duties while he receives treatment, with members of the royal family – including Queen Camilla and the Prince of Wales – taking over his duties for some events.
In his message of thanks, the King wrote: “It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped to promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all these organizations that support patients cancer sufferers and their families across the UK and beyond. world.
“My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.”
King Charles’ Cancer Diagnosis
Ahead of her message on Saturday, the Queen spoke at an event at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday and described the support as “very encouraging”.
Prince William also expressed gratitude for messages of support to his father and his wife, the Princess of Wales, as she recovers from abdominal surgery.
She is not expected to return to royal duties until Easter.
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