King Charles in bright colors at Easter service

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Britain’s King Charles III attended an Easter service on Sunday in his first high-profile public appearance after announcing earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla, arrived by car for the hour-long morning service at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, west of London.

The 75-year-old monarch, dressed in a tailored suit and light blue tie, smiled and waved to the crowd. Many people waited for hours for a glimpse of the king before he entered the chapel.

After the service, Charles and Camilla greeted some of the people and shook hands.

Attending the annual service is an old tradition for the royals. Other members of the royal family also attended the service.

However, Prince William, the heir to the British throne, and his wife, Catherine, were conspicuously absent. The 42-year-old Princess of Wales is also undergoing treatment after announcing last week that she had also been diagnosed with cancer.

The situation creates an unprecedented crisis in modern times for the monarchy, with two of its most senior members battling a serious illness at the same time.

Charles had only been on the throne for 17 months when Buckingham Palace announced in February that he had cancer and suspended all public gatherings while he underwent treatment.

In January he underwent surgery for a benign prostate condition and at that time he was diagnosed with an unrelated cancer. The type of cancer was not disclosed.

However, the king continued to work behind closed doors and held meetings and attended more and more official, public gatherings. This past week he recorded an Easter message. It was broadcast in his absence at Worcester Cathedral, in central England, on Thursday. In the message, he emphasizes the importance of acts of friendship.

The monarch was also photographed receiving community and faith leaders at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Last week there were also pictures of him receiving diplomats at the palace, as well as veterans of the Korean War.

Charles said in a statement earlier that he continues to serve the people “to the best of my ability” and that he was “deeply touched” by people’s messages of well-being.

He also praised his daughter-in-law Kate, as she is popularly known, for her bravery. Catherine shared the news about her cancer diagnosis and treatment in a deeply personal video message. The princess was last seen on Christmas Day at a public event. She underwent an operation on her abdomen in January and the cancer was then discovered.

The office at Kensington Palace said at the time that the princess was not expected to resume her public duties until after Easter.