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King Charles steps out to attend church service as monarch pictured smiling with vicar

King Charles is recovering away from the spotlight in Sandringham while he receives out-patient cancer treatment.

King Charles is greeted by vicar

King Charles and Queen Camilla have been photographed attending church at St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate, where His Majesty is currently recuperating.

Following news of his cancer diagnosis earlier this week the King has cancelled all upcoming royal engagements and retreated to Norfolk for some peace and quiet.

In pictures taken this morning Charles appeared in good spirits and was spotted chatting happily with the vicar with Camilla by his side, his first trip to church since news of his cancer was made public.

On Monday evening Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the King has a “form of cancer” although the exact type was not specified.

The news came after he underwent a planned operation last month to treat a benign enlarged prostate, which saw him hospitalised for three nights.

King and Queen walk to church

King Charles was seen holding an umbrella (Image: Ian Vogler)

Charles was seen in public for the first time on Tuesday after undergoing his first treatments as an out-patient in London, as he was driven back to Clarence House and then flew to Sandringham via helicopter.

Before leaving the capital he was briefly reunited with his younger son Prince Harry, who travelled over from California to see his father after learning of his illness.

The King is still carrying out work at home and will continue to receive his red boxes every day from the government as friends say he struggles to switch off.

King Charles waves to crowds

The King has expressed his gratitude to well-wishers (Image: Getty)

On Saturday evening His Majesty released a statement from Sandringham expressing his gratitude at the flood of support he has received from well-wishers.

It read: “I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days. As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.

“It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world. My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.”

King Charles III Attends Sunday Church

The King and Queen are trying to keep life as normal as possible (Image: Getty)

Macmillan Cancer Support revealed that since the King shared news about his cancer traffic on their website has risen by 42 percent, as sources say he was hoping to speak up to encourage people to be aware.

Historically the Royal Family have never talked publicly about their health conditions, with the late Queen Elizabeth’s potential illness never being confirmed even after her death.

Macmillan’s chief executive, Gemma Peters, said: “We hope that by sharing his diagnosis so publicly and at such an early stage, the King will encourage others to come forward and speak to their GP if they are worried about any signs or symptoms.”

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