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King Charles will not be sitting with royal family at Easter church service

King Charles III departs after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate at The London Clinic on January 29, 2024 in London, England. The King has been receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate, spending three nights at the London Clinic and visited daily by his wife Queen Camilla. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
King Charles III departs after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate at The London Clinic on January 29, 2024 in London, England. The King has been receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate, spending three nights at the London Clinic and visited daily by his wife Queen Camilla. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

King Charles and Queen Camilla during Easter service on Sunday in an effort to protect the monarch’s health.

The 75-year-old king will also not host post-church lunch at Windsor Castle, as has been , The Telegraph reported Friday.

The move, which will see the couple seated away from the main congregation at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, comes amid news of the king’s cancer diagnosis last month. It will mark his first appearance at a public event since beginning treatment.

Britain's King Charles III (2L) and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort (L) walk with Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal (3L), Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (4L), Britain's Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh (centre left) and Britain's Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh (4R), Britain's James, Earl of Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence (R) as they arrive for the Easter Mattins Service at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 9, 2023. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain’s King Charles III and Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort (L) walk with Britain’s Princess Anne, Princess Royal (3L), Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York (4L), Britain’s Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh (centre left) and Britain’s Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh (4R), Britain’s James, Earl of Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence (R) as they arrive for the Easter Mattins Service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 9, 2023. (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The service will not be attended by Prince William and Kate Middleton, who announced her own cancer diagnosis last week.

Charles’ sister, Princess Anne, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, have previously sat with him at Easter service, as have other royals such as Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson and their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Since his diagnosis, Charles has been determined to maintain a public profile and .

On Thursday, the king sent a video message praising the “selfless staff” honored at the , which was attended by his wife and annually precedes Easter Sunday. A commemoration of the Last Supper, the tradition sees the monarchy distribute money to local pensioners.

Charles — who was crowned king last year following the 2022 death of Queen Elizabeth II — was hospitalized this January for an enlarged prostate, which was said to be benign. A few weeks later, Buckingham Palace announced that “a form of cancer” was discovered but did not specify what type, only saying it was “unrelated.”

He was first seen by the public a few days later, as he attended church services near his residence at Sandringham Estate, a little over 100 miles north of London.

Kate, who was recovering from abdominal surgery at the time of her father-in-law’s hospitalization, was initially expected to return to royal duties after Easter. But last week, while confirming her diagnosis and that she’s undergoing chemotherapy, the Princess of Wales said she’ll do so only when she’s able.

“The Princess will return to official duties when she is ,” a palace spokesperson said following the announcement. “She is in good spirits and is focused on making a full recovery.”

A palace insider this week told People that she may sometimes attend royal events amid treatment if she’s feeling well enough.

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