King apologises for postponed engagements

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The King has apologised for having to postpone engagements after his cancer diagnosis.

Buckingham Palace said the diagnosis means his forthcoming public engagements will have to be rearranged or postponed, as the Queen continues to attend to a full programme of public duties.

The King‘s diagnosis, announced on Monday, means it is unlikely he will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on 11 March.

The service is usually attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

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It was also expected the King and Queen would have several high-profile overseas visits over the coming months.

They were due to travel to Canada in May, and then to Australia, New Zealand and Samoa in October for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

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Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm whether the tours – his first visits to those countries as King – will go ahead.

No date has been suggested for the King’s return to full public duties as he undergoes treatment.

The Palace has not officially confirmed any upcoming state visits.

“Regrettably, a number of The King’s forthcoming public engagements will have to be rearranged or postponed,” a Palace spokesperson said.

“His Majesty would like to apologise to all those who may be disappointed or inconvenienced as a consequence.”

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Other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, may take on some extra duties on behalf of the King.

It is understood the King will continue to receive red boxes and have weekly audiences with the prime minister while undergoing treatment.

It is expected that alternative arrangements will be put in place for the weekly audiences should the King be advised by doctors to minimise in-person contact.

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