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King Charles calls for acts of friendship in first public comments since Kate's cancer diagnosis

King Charles calls for acts of friendship in first public comments since Kate's cancer diagnosis

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United Kingdom King Charles III records his audio message for the Royal Maundy Service in the 18th Century Room at Buckingham Palace in this undated photo released by the Royal Family on March 27, 2024.


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King Charles Record III of a letter to Maundy Thursday addressing the importance of acts of friendship “especially in time of need”, after His cancer diagnosis and Catherine, Princess of WalesAccording to what was reported by the British PA Media news agency.

The King's audio message – which will be played at the annual Royal Maundy service in will be at Worcester Cathedral in England on Thursday – his first public comments since Catherine's revelation Undergoing chemotherapy.

Charles, who is also currently undergoing treatment for cancer, did not attend the service, as his wife, Queen Camilla, distributed traditional Maundy gifts on his behalf.

Queen Camilla's presence comes as Charles steps back from his public duties while undergoing treatment.

However, the king is expected to attend church on Easter Sunday alongside his wife, marking his most significant public appearance since his diagnosis.

Maundy Thursday – also known as Holy Thursday – is a Christian event It is held every year on the Thursday before Easter. It is an ancient ceremony dating back to 600 AD and represents how to do this Jesus washed his disciples' feet At the last supper.

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The king no longer washes the feet of the needy. Usually, the king would give specially minted coins to people in recognition of their service to the church and the local community.

Queen Camilla will distribute Maundy money in two bags – one red and one white – in Worcester Cathedral to 75 men and 75 women, in reference to the king's age.

Charles' message was recorded in mid-March, according to PA Media, and will not directly refer to his message or… Kate's health.

Instead, the king will tell how Jesus provided “an example of how to serve and care for one another,” and how we as a nation “need and benefit greatly from those who extend a hand of friendship to us, especially in a time of need.”

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