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The king is expected to attend the Easter Sunday service, but other popular royals will be absent

King Charles is expected to attend the traditional Easter Sunday church service later, in one of his rare appearances since last month’s cancer diagnosis.

The 75-year-old monarch, who will serve at Windsor Castle with Queen Camilla, recently stepped back from major public duties while undergoing outpatient treatment.

Buckingham Palace said it was continuing state activities, including meeting Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Last Thursday he spoke at the Royal Maundy Service in Worcester but it was via a pre-recorded video address.

King Charles III reads the cards and messages he received after his cancer diagnosis. Photo: PA

He stressed the importance of acts of friendship “especially in times of need”, in words that were interpreted as a reflection on the nation’s response to health concerns.

He said last month that he had been reduced to tears by messages and cards of support he had received.

The words could also have been about the reaction of his daughter-in-law Kate, who revealed last week that she started preventative chemotherapy for cancer.

Her video message announcing the news was one of the few times she had been seen in public this year since scheduled abdominal surgery in January.

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Photo provided by Kensington Palace of the Princess of Wales recording her message announcing this following her abdominal operation in January "tests carried out after the operation revealed the presence of cancer." Publication date: Friday March 22, 2024.
Kate revealed last week that she was undergoing chemotherapy. Photo: Kensington Palace/PA

She, her husband William and their three children – George, 10, Charlotte, eight, and Louis, five – will not be present at today’s church service.

William’s younger brother, Harry, and his family will also not be there, as they remain based in the United States.

Prince Andrew and his daughters are expected to attend, as are the Princess Royal and the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Edward and Sophie.

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