The King of Great Britain has been diagnosed with cancer.
“The King remains positive”.
This is how part of the announcement from Buckingham Palace reads, which has announced that King Charles III has cancer.
And the greetings the king is currently receiving are also sending positive thoughts his way.
Among others from the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.
– His Majesty is wished a full and speedy recovery. I have no doubt that he will be back to full strength in no time, and I know that the whole country will wish him luck, says X from the Prime Minister.
Other British politicians also wish the king a good and speedy recovery.
Buckingham Palace writes in its announcement that the king will continue to “carry out state duties and official paperwork as usual”. According to the BBC, this will also apply to the weekly meetings with the Prime Minister.
But the immediate reactions give the impression of shock. That’s what DR’s royal house correspondent Cecilie Nielsen says.
– The by far predominant reactions are basically a form of shock. So, this is really something that shakes, and we see that for a large number of different politicians, presidents and prime ministers.
Countries across the Atlantic are also reacting
The news about the king has also reached across the Atlantic.
The former president of the United States Donald Trump is out with a greeting.
– He is a wonderful man whom I got to know well during my presidency, and we all pray that he makes a speedy and full recovery, he writes on the social media site Truth Social.
The current president, Joe Biden, states that he is worried about the king when he was asked a little while ago about the king’s diagnosis by reporters.
– Yes, I’m worried about him. I just heard his diagnosis. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to speak with him soon, says Biden, according to the BBC.
In the USA’s northern neighbor Canada, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is also out with a greeting, wishing the king a speedy recovery.
Canada has the king as head of state, as the country is a member of the Commonwealth.
– I, like Canadians across the country and people around the world, are thinking of His Majesty King Charles III as he undergoes treatment for cancer. We send him our very best wishes – and hope for a speedy and full recovery, he writes on X.
Sonnike steps in
Although King Charles will still carry out government duties and official paperwork, Buckingham Palace says the king will not attend public events for a period of time.
On that occasion, it is the heir to the throne who steps in, says DR’s royal house correspondent, Cecilie Nielsen.
– As we have also known from here at home, and as we can also see what happens in Norway, when the sitting regent is unable to step in for one reason or another, then it is the successor to the throne who takes over.
– In Great Britain, the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and his wife Kate, will take over and step into character at the here outward events that may be.
But the news also focuses on the king’s increasingly advanced age.
– Even though he is a fairly new king who has sat on the throne, he is a man of quite an advanced age, and the British and the entire Commonwealth will be reminded of that now, says Cecilie Nielsen.