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King Charles Waves to Well-Wishers as He's Seen for First Time Since Leaving the Hospital

The monarch, 75, left the hospital a week ago following an operation for an enlarged prostate

<p>Geoff Robinson/SplashNews</p> King Charles waves to well-wishes at Sandringham with Queen Camilla

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King Charles waves to well-wishes at Sandringham with Queen Camilla

King Charles is on the mend.

The King, 75, greeted well-wishers outside St. Mary Magdalene Church near Sandringham on Sunday with a cheery wave as he was seen for the first time since leaving the hospital last Monday.

A week on from his operation for an enlarged prostate, 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.

<p>Geoff Robinson/SplashNews</p> King Charles and Queen Camilla at Sunday morning church services at Sandringham, U.K. on Feb. 4, 2024

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King Charles and Queen Camilla at Sunday morning church services at Sandringham, U.K. on Feb. 4, 2024

While King Charles has largely been out of sight due to his condition — which was first revealed on Jan. 17 — Queen Camilla, 76, has been carrying out a series of solo royal engagements.

The couple's appearance came as it was also revealed in U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times that King Charles has appointed a new assistant equerry, Capt. Kat Anderson, 33. The former Royal Artillery officer is the first woman to serve a British monarch in the key role and will be King Charles' assistant focusing on foreign trips.

<p>Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty</p> King Charles at Sandringham, Norfolk, U.K., on Sunday February 4, 2024

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King Charles at Sandringham, Norfolk, U.K., on Sunday February 4, 2024

Tomorrow, Feb. 6, is a poignant date for King Charles and the royal family. It is the anniversary of the death of his grandfather George VI – a moment that was always marked by the late Queen Elizabeth at Sandringham. It was at the estate in 1952 that George VI died, making his daughter Elizabeth the new monarch.

Queen Elizabeth died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in September 2022, and King Charles immediately acceded to the throne.

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<p>Getty Images</p> Princess Kate and King Charles

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Princess Kate and King Charles

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While King Charles is recovering, Kate Middleton, 42, is also recuperating from her planned abdominal surgery, carried out at the same London hospital as her father-in-law, at her Adelaide Cottage home in Windsor.

The Princess of Wales has not been seen in public since her operation nearly three weeks ago and isn’t expected to be back on royal duty until after Easter.

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