Britain’s King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday.
The diagnosis came shortly after the 75-year-old monarch was treated for an enlarged prostate.
“His Majesty has been treated for benign prostate enlargement. It was during this intervention that the separate issue of concern was noted and subsequently diagnosed as a form of cancer,” a palace spokesperson said.
“This second condition will now receive appropriate treatment.”
The monarch has been advised by doctors to pause any public engagements, according to Sky News.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said the king “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”
“His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation, hoping it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer,” it said.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has issued a statement, saying he wishes “His Majesty a full and speedy recovery.”
“I have no doubt he’ll be back to full strength in no time, and I know the whole country will be wishing him well,” he said.