King Charles emerges for Easter service after cancer diagnosis

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King Charles has attended his first royal event in months, leading his family into their annual Easter church service at Windsor Castle.

The monarch, 75, appeared to be in very good spirits as he smiled and waved at the small crowd permitted within the Royal grounds, after skipping the traditional 10-minute walk to St George’s Chapel in favour of travelling by car.

At one point, a fan called out: “Happy Easter to Your Majesty!” prompting a beaming Charles to call back: “And to you!”

The decision – on doctors’ orders amid his ongoing treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer – was just one of the significant breaks from tradition for this year’s event, with the absence of the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children also keenly felt.

Kate revealed in an emotional video last week that she had also been diagnosed with cancer and has been undergoing preventive chemotherapy. It was then confirmed that neither she, William, nor their three children – Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5 – would be attending this year’s Easter service.

The family is instead be spending the school holidays at Amner Hall, their country home.

Despite the heavily reduced public interaction and the absence of the Wales’, a crowd of around five hundred people still weathered the chilly conditions to line the street outside one of the castle entrances in the hope of glimpsing the King.

However, they were left disappointed. Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, led the rest of the family into church, including Princess Anne and her husband Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

More to come.