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


King Charles III gave it Public remarks for Maundy Thursday, addressing the importance of acts of friendship, following his cancer diagnosis with Catherine, Princess of Wales.

The King's audio message – which was played at the annual Royal Maundy service in Worcester Cathedral in England on Thursday was his first public comments since Catherine revealed she was undergoing chemotherapy. The princess's announcement put an end to months of speculation about her health.

Charles, who is also currently undergoing treatment for cancer, did not attend the mass, leaving his wife Queen Camilla to distribute traditional Maundy gifts on his behalf.

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

Charles opened the recording of the service with a reading of the “first lesson” from the Gospel of John before expressing his “deep sadness” that he was unable to join the congregation, saying the service “has a very special place in the church.” my heart.”

“Its origin is in the life of our Lord who knelt before his disciples and, to their great amazement, washed their feet tired from travelling. In doing so, he gave them and all of us an example of how to serve and care for each other, the King said in his personal message, as we have just heard.

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“In this country, we are blessed with all the different services that exist for our well-being. But beyond these organizations and their dedicated staff, we need and benefit greatly from those who extend a hand of friendship to us, especially in our time of need.

The British monarch used his message ahead of the Easter weekend to reiterate his coronation pledge “not to be served but to serve” “with all my heart.”

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In the past, the king would wash the feet of those in need. But in modern times, the king gives 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.

The king said in his letter that the 150 men and women who will receive the Covenant money “are wonderful examples of this kindness; By going above and beyond the call of duty and giving so much of their lives to serving others in their communities.

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

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