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“King Charles Upholds Easter Sunday Tradition with Royal Family”

Britain’s King Charles III waves as he leaves St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, after attending the Easter Mattins Service, on March 31, 2024. (Photo by Hollie Adams / POOL / AFP)

King Charles III, amidst his battle with cancer, made a notable appearance at an Easter church service on Sunday, accompanied by Queen Camilla. Arriving by car at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the 75-year-old monarch, clad in a suit and light blue tie, greeted crowds with a smile and wave before entering the chapel. Following the service, Charles and Camilla took the time to personally greet well-wishers, engaging in handshakes and brief conversations.

The annual Easter service holds significant tradition for the royal family, typically attended by various members. However, this year, Prince William and Catherine were absent, as the Duchess of Wales continues her treatment for cancer, diagnosed just the week before.

This concurrent health crisis presents an unprecedented challenge for the monarchy, with two senior members facing serious illnesses simultaneously. Charles, who announced his cancer diagnosis in February, has scaled back public engagements to focus on treatment but has continued with some official duties behind the scenes.

Despite his absence from public events, Charles released a pre-recorded Easter message emphasizing the importance of friendship, broadcast during a Maundy Thursday service. Additionally, he met with community leaders and diplomats at Buckingham Palace earlier in the week, demonstrating his ongoing commitment to royal duties.

In his recent statement, Charles expressed gratitude for the well-wishes regarding his health and commended Catherine for her courage in sharing her own battle with cancer. As the Duchess recuperates from surgery and chemotherapy, her return to public duties is anticipated after Easter, according to Kensington Palace.

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