King Charles III thanked the public for their support on Saturday night following his cancer diagnosis.
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Charles said comforting and encouraging his subjects was his greatest encouragement. His own experience with cancer only deepened his lifelong admiration for those who battled the disease.

QKing Charles III addressed the public directly for the first time since his cancer diagnosis and thanked them for their support in recent days. “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many messages of support and well wishes I have received over the past few days,” Charles said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace late on Saturday. “As anyone affected by cancer knows, kind thoughts like these are the greatest comfort and encouragement,” the statement continued.

He said it was also heartening to hear that sharing his own diagnosis had helped to promote public understanding of cancer and shine a light on the work of all those who support cancer patients and their families in the UK and around the world. “My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication has been enhanced by my personal experience,” the king said.

Buckingham Palace announced on Monday that Charles had been diagnosed with cancer. Another problem emerged during his recent hospitalization for benign prostate enlargement. Subsequent diagnostic tests would have detected a form of cancer. The king has now started regular treatments. However, doctors advised him not to attend any public reception at that time. He continues state affairs. The palace did not say exactly what type of cancer it was.

King Charles, 75, has been Britain's monarch for more than a year following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022.