A Complete Timeline of King Charles' Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Buckingham Palace revealed that the King has cancer after he underwent a procedure to treat an enlarged prostate

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King Charles is focusing on his health following his cancer diagnosis.

After undergoing a procedure to treat an enlarged prostate in January, Buckingham Palace revealed that the King has cancer on Feb. 5.

"During The King's recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer," the palace said in a statement.

The statement added that King Charles has “commenced a schedule of regular treatments” which will cause him to postpone his public-facing duties for the time being.

The medical diagnosis comes after his daughter-in-law Kate Middleton underwent abdominal surgery, which will also cause her to be out of the public eye in the coming months. Her surgery took place on Jan. 16 and she was later discharged to her home in Windsor on Jan. 29, where she has been recovering.

Here’s everything to know about King Charles’ medical timeline.

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January 17, 2024: Buckingham Palace reveals King Charles will receive treatment for an enlarged prostate

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In mid-January, Buckingham Palace revealed that King Charles would undergo a medical procedure on his prostate.

"In common with thousands of men each year, The King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate," Buckingham Palace announced in a statement. "His Majesty's condition is benign, and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure."

They added, "The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation." At the time, it was understood that the King wanted to share his diagnosis to encourage men who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked.

January 26, 2024: King Charles is admitted to the hospital for surgery

The following week, King Charles was photographed arriving with Queen Camilla at the private London Clinic, the same hospital where Kate was recovering from abdominal surgery. PEOPLE understands that the King visited the Princess of Wales in the hospital ahead of his own surgery.

According to U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, Charles left Clarence House just after 8:30 a.m. local time on Friday, having returned to London the previous day ahead of the procedure.

"The King was this morning admitted to a London hospital for scheduled treatment," Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement. "His Majesty would like to thank all those who have sent their good wishes over the past week and is delighted to learn that his diagnosis is having a positive impact on public health awareness."

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January 27, 2024: Queen Camilla visits King Charles in the hospital

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Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty; Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty

After Buckingham Palace confirmed that King Charles was in the hospital, his wife was subsequently photographed leaving The London Clinic three separate times over a 24-hour period.

During one trip, Camilla also informed well-wishers gathered outside about her husband's well-being. "He's fine, thank you," she said, per ITV's Chris Ship.

January 29, 2024: King Charles leaves the hospital after his surgery

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Peter Nicholls/Getty Images

Three days after his surgery, King Charles was released from the hospital. He left the hospital's front entrance alongside his wife, Queen Camilla, waving to the gathering crowd outside as he walked to his awaiting car.

"The King was this afternoon discharged from hospital following planned medical treatment and has rescheduled forthcoming public engagements to allow for a period of private recuperation," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

"He would like to thank the medical team and all those involved in supporting his hospital visit, and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days," the statement continued.

February 4, 2024: King Charles is seen for the first time since his surgery

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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

On Feb. 4, the King was seen for the first time since leaving the hospital as he greeted well-wishers outside St. Mary Magdalene Church near Sandringham. He was accompanied by his wife, Queen Camilla, as they both walked to Sunday services near their country home in Norfolk, England. The royals were also pictured with the Rev. Canon Dr. Paul Williams, the Rector of Sandringham.

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February 5, 2024: King Charles announces cancer diagnosis

The day after stepping out for the Sunday church service, Buckingham Palace announced King Charles' cancer diagnosis.

"During The King's recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer," the palace said in a statement.

"His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual," the statement continued.

"The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible," the statement added. "His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer."

PEOPLE understands King Charles told his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, about the diagnosis himself. A source says William is in regular contact with his father while Harry, who relocated to California with his wife, Meghan Markle, in 2020, is expected to travel to the U.K. in the coming days. The King also personally informed his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, before the news was made public.

February 6, 2024: King Charles photographed for first time since cancer news

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James Manning/PA Images via Getty Images

On Feb. 6, the King and Queen Camilla were photographed driving from Clarence House, their home in London, one day after the palace made the shocking announcement about the King’s health.

The royals gave a wave through the window, and the couple reportedly made their way to Buckingham Palace, where they'd travel to Sandringham House by helicopter.

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