Queen Camilla Shares Update on King Charles’ Health Amid Ongoing Cancer Treatment

Queen Camilla updates on King Charles’ health, says he won’t slow down amid cancer treatment

King Charles and Queen Camilla at the British Normandy Memorial for the Ministry of Defense and Royal British Legion's event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landing in Ver-Sur-Mer, France, on June 6, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY)
King Charles and Queen Camilla at the British Normandy Memorial for the Ministry of Defense and Royal British Legion’s event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landing in Ver-Sur-Mer, France, on June 6, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY)

In a recent conversation, Queen Camilla provided an update on King Charles’ health as he undergoes cancer treatment, highlighting his determination to maintain a busy schedule despite medical advice to slow down.

Speaking at the second annual Queen’s Reading Room Literary Festival at Hampton Court Palace on June 8, Queen Camilla remarked that the King is “doing fine except he won’t slow down and won’t do what he’s told,” according to The Sun.

King Charles, 75, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and began treatment on February 5.

Buckingham Palace announced his diagnosis and mentioned that doctors advised him to postpone public-facing duties while he underwent treatment.

Despite these recommendations, King Charles has continued to manage state paperwork and host small audiences in private.

Queen Camilla (center left) and Tom Parker Bowles (center right) at the Queen's Reading Room Literary Festival at Hampton Court Palace on June 8, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY)
Queen Camilla (center left) and Tom Parker Bowles (center right) at the Queen’s Reading Room Literary Festival at Hampton Court Palace on June 8, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY)

The literary festival, which Queen Camilla attended with her son, Tom Parker Bowles, is part of a broader effort to promote literacy.

The event follows the success of her online book club launched on Instagram in January 2021 when she was the Duchess of Cornwall.

This initiative evolved into The Queen’s Reading Room charity in February 2023, aiming to champion literature in the U.K. and beyond.

On June 6, King Charles and Queen Camilla traveled to Normandy to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

They attended a ceremony at the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer, organized by the Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion. This visit marked King Charles’ first international trip since his diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Prince William represented the British royals at the international commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach.

King Charles at the British Normandy Memorial event for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Ver-Sur-Mer, France on June 6, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY)
King Charles at the British Normandy Memorial event for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Ver-Sur-Mer, France on June 6, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY)

During the event in Normandy, King Charles delivered a speech in both English and French, emphasizing the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by troops on D-Day.

He described the event as a crucial turning point in World War II and a significant step toward the liberation of Nazi-occupied northwest Europe. “Our gratitude is unfailing and our admiration eternal,” he said.

Despite his health challenges, King Charles resumed some public duties on April 30 with a visit to University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London, although this center is not directly involved in his treatment.

The next day, Queen Camilla mentioned that the King was “thrilled” to be active again. “I think he was really thrilled to be out. I’ve been trying to hold him back,” she said during a Buckingham Palace reception recognizing supporters of survivors of sexual assault and marking the relaunch of the Wash Bags project on May 1.

In late March, Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s son, discussed his uncle’s condition, noting that King Charles felt “frustrated” by the limitations imposed by his treatment.

“But he is very pragmatic [and] he understands that there’s a period of time that he really needs to focus on himself,” Peter told Sky News Australia’s The Royal Report.

King Charles at the British Normandy Memorial event for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Ver-Sur-Mer, France on June 6, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY)
King Charles at the British Normandy Memorial event for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Ver-Sur-Mer, France on June 6, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY)

Buckingham Palace has been cautiously optimistic about King Charles’ recovery. Upon announcing his return to public duties, a spokesperson said, “His Majesty’s treatment program will continue, but doctors are sufficiently pleased with the progress made so far that The King is now able to resume a number of public-facing duties.

Forthcoming engagements will be adapted where necessary to minimize any risks to His Majesty’s continued recovery.”

Queen Camilla’s comments at the literary festival reflect the royal couple’s enduring commitment to their public roles, even amid personal health challenges.

The Queen’s Reading Room Literary Festival, held at the historic Hampton Court Palace, featured conversations with various authors, including Lee Child, known for the Jack Reacher series.

Child humorously noted that King Charles’ refusal to slow down “sounds to me like a typical husband,” echoing a sentiment many might find relatable.

The festival is an extension of Queen Camilla’s long-standing dedication to promoting literacy. Her initiative, originally an online book club, has grown into a charity that continues to encourage reading and literature appreciation across the U.K. and beyond.

This event, along with her other engagements, underscores her and King Charles’ commitment to their causes despite the health challenges they face.

As King Charles continues his treatment, the public and his family remain supportive, appreciating his dedication and resilience.

His ongoing recovery and ability to undertake some public duties are seen as positive signs, and there is hope that he will continue to manage his health while fulfilling his royal responsibilities.

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