Queen Camilla gives health update on King Charles ahead of Trooping the Colour

VER-SUR-MER, FRANCE - JUNE 06: King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the UK Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion???s commemorative event at the British Normandy Memorial to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2024 in Ver-Sur-Mer, France. Normandy is hosting various events across significant sites such as Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-M??re-??glise, and Pointe du Hoc, to officially commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings that took place on June 6, 1944. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
King Charles has been on the mend, palace officials have stressed (Picture: Chris Jackson Collection)

King Charles is ‘doing fine’ but ‘won’t do as he’s told’, Queen Camilla revealed ahead of Trooping the Colour.

The queen spoke with thriller author Lee Child at the second annual Queen’s Reading Room Literary Festival at Hampton Court Palace, London, today.

Camilla told Child that the King is ‘doing fine except he won’t slow down and won’t do what he’s told’.

Child added that the monarch ‘sounds to me like a typical husband’.

Camilla also met the chairman of Historic Royal Palaces, Nicholas Coleridge; Vicky Perrin, chief executive of the Queen’s Reading Room, and authors including Harlan Coben.

According to guest author Ian Rankin, the Queen told him the royal family ‘were fans of my books’.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Queen Camilla smiles as she arrives for a reception at the Queen's reading room literary festival at Hampton Court Palace on June 08, 2024 in London, England. The Queen was joined at the reception by authors, actors and supporters of literature including Helena Bonham Carter, Harlan Coben, Miriam Margolyes, Lee Child and Ian Rankin. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
Camilla at a reception at the Queen’s reading room literary festival at Hampton Court Palace (Picture: Chris Jackson Collection)

Buckingham Palace revealed in February less than 18 months into his reign that Charles, 75, had been diagnosed with cancer.

Royal officials have never disclosed what form of cancer Charles has but said it was not prostate cancer. (Doctors detected the cancer during a procedure to treat an enlarged prostate.)

At the time, the palace said he was receiving outpatient treatment in London.

It comes ahead of Trooping the Colour, which marks the monarch’s official birthday on June 15, which Charles will attend as he returns back to his public duties.

Kate, who is also being treated for an undisclosed type of cancer, confirmed that she won’t be able to attend Colonel’s Review, the final rehearsal of Trooping the Colour.

The Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment said in a letter shared on X today: ‘Please pass my apologies to the whole Regiment, however, I do hope I can represent you all again soon.

‘Please send my very best wishes and good luck to all involved.’


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