A moment of quiet reflection, with his strength and stay: King Charles attended church after his diagnosis with Queen Camilla at his side – where couple were spotted deep in conversation, walking in lockstep
The King, who was diagnosed with cancer, enjoyed generally good health, although he was injured during sports activities.
It is hoped that Charles’ decision to share details of his diagnosis can help public understanding for everyone around the world affected by cancer.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday that the king was “grateful to his medical team for their quick intervention, which was made possible by his recent hospital procedure”.
He began a schedule of regular treatments, during which he was advised by doctors to postpone public duties, the palace said.
Previous health issues included contracting coronavirus at the start of the pandemic and being knocked unconscious after being thrown from his horse while playing polo, and narrowly escaping an avalanche that killed a close friend .
Concerns have been raised over the years about his ‘sausage fingers’ amid fears that they could be due to fluid build-up or other conditions.
But Charles had been aware of his swollen fingers for decades.
King Charles left the London Clinic in central London, where he underwent a procedure for an enlarged prostate
“He really looks surprisingly appetizing and has sausage fingers just like mine,” he wrote to a friend after the birth of his first son, William, in 1982.
In March 2020, Charles, then 71, caught Covid-19 before vaccinations were available, but had only mild symptoms.
He isolated himself in Birkhall, Aberdeenshire, away from the then Duchess of Cornwall, who tested negative, and worked at his desk.
He lost his sense of taste and smell for a time and later spoke of the ‘strange, frustrating and often upsetting’ experience of being without friends and family during lockdown.
He caught Covid for a second time in February 2022, but was triple vaccinated.
Charles remained active with hill walking and gardening, but did suffer from back pain, attributed to numerous falls from horses over the years while playing polo.
A fan of organic food, he launched his own food brand, Duchy Originals, in 1990, which is now run as Waitrose Duchy Organic.
In March 2019, when Charles and Camilla embarked on an official tour of the Caribbean, they were photographed by the paparazzi relaxing in their swimsuits on a beach in Barbados.
Charles won praise for his lithe figure and his trendy 12-year-old flower stubble.
In 2008 he had a non-cancerous growth removed from the bridge of his nose in a minor, routine procedure and in 2003 he had hernia surgery at the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, the hospital run by the royal family is favored.
He joked a breakup today, gone tomorrow’ to waiting media after being fired the next day.
Charles never traveled on royal tours without a special pillow, usually a tartan one, which he used to relieve back pain.
A red velvet one is always placed on the King’s chair during state banquets at Buckingham Palace.
In 2003, during an engagement at a Sikh temple in Southall, west London, he told the congregation that he needed some of their expert care while sitting on the hard floor.
“I don’t think I’ve ever needed an osteopath as much as I do today,” he joked.
“My back isn’t quite set up for sitting on the floor, so I might need some help on my way out.”
Charles was an advocate of alternative and complementary medicine, including homeopathy.
He was patron of the regulatory body the General Osteopathic Council.
He urged health ministers to take a more holistic approach to tackling health problems.
Charles retired after more than 40 years of polo in 2005, after suffering an impressive series of injuries.
In 1980, during a polo match at Windsor, he was thrown and kicked by his pony and needed six stitches.
A two-inch sickle scar on his left cheek testified to the incident.
On another occasion, he was hit in the throat, causing him to lose his voice for 10 days.
Charles resisted pressure to give up polo after collapsing at the end of a match in Florida in 1980 and having to be put on a saline drip.
In 1988, skiing off the piste at Klosters on one of Europe’s most dangerous runs, he narrowly escaped the avalanche that killed his good friend Major Hugh Lindsay, a former equerry to Queen Elizabeth II.
Charles managed to jump out of the way to get to a ledge and helped save the life of another friend, Patti Palmer-Tomkinson, by digging her out of the snow and talking to her to keeping her conscious until a helicopter arrived.
He later recalled the horror of the avalanche and said he had never seen anything so frightening.
In 1990, he broke his right arm in a fall during a polo match.
A second operation was required three months after the tumble because one of the fractures did not heal, causing him great pain.
In 1992 he had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee – again following a polo injury.
In 1993, he was injured again during a game at Windsor, aggravating an old back injury.
He also broke a rib when he fell from his horse in a hunting accident in 1998.
Despite the discomfort, the prince insisted on trekking into the Himalayas a few weeks later during an official visit to Nepal and Bhutan.
Three months later in October 1998, he was back in the hospital and had laser keyhole surgery on his right knee cartilage due to wear and tear from years of sports and exercise.
In June 2001, he broke a bone in his shoulder after falling off his horse during a fox hunt.
A few months later in August 2001, he was knocked unconscious and taken to hospital when his horse threw him during a polo match.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.
Charles also sprained tendons in his wrist while salmon fishing in Scotland and injured himself gardening.
While tending his gardens, he once accidentally hit his thumb with a hammer and broke his finger and almost severed the tip.
Charles said that as a child he was rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital to stop his appendix ‘exploding’.
He stated on a later visit: ‘I got here just in time before the thing exploded and luckily was operated on and looked after by the nurses.’
Charles’ appendectomy took place in February 1962 when he was 13 and studying at Cheam School, near Newbury, Berkshire.