News of His Majesty having cancer has been described as 'immensely sad' by a prominent Bolton councillor. 

Buckingham Palace announced on Monday evening that King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer. 

The monarch had been in hospital for doctors to work on an enlarged prostate when doctors found the issue. 

The palace has not said which type of cancer it is, but that it is not of the prostate. 

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Long-serving Bolton councillor, John Walsh, and Church of England warden for Bolton Parish Church, said: "It has been a huge shock, clearly. One hoped that the treatment for his prostate would be the end of the problem. 

"It is immensely sad, a great worry. One hopes and prays that it is something that can be dealt with and treated as a matter of urgency. 

"We all wish the King a long and happy reign. His health is such a serious concern to all of us."

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 Buckingham Palace issued a statement which said: “During the King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.

“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.

“The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.

“His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.” 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has wished the King “all the very best for his recovery” after he was diagnosed with a form of cancer.

Sir Keir tweeted: “On behalf of the Labour Party, I wish His Majesty all the very best for his recovery.

“We look forward to seeing him back to swift full health.” 

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reacted to the news of the King’s cancer diagnosis by tweeting: “Wishing His Majesty a full and speedy recovery.

“I have no doubt he’ll be back to full strength in no time and I know the whole country will be wishing him well.”