Political representatives of Swindon have issued messages of goodwill to King Charles III after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Monday evening that the King has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and has begun a schedule of regular treatments.

The 75-year-old monarch has postponed public duties but “remains wholly positive about his treatment” according to the Palace.

Leading political figures were quick to react to the breaking news on Monday evening, issuing statements wishing goodwill to the King during this difficult time.

Leader of Swindon Borough Council Jim Robbins said: “I wish him all the best with his treatment, and hope he is able to resume his duties soon.”

South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland said: “In sharing the detail of his medical conditions with the public, The King is increasing awareness of important issues such as cancer, reminding us that seeking treatment is the best way forward.

“I fervently hope that he will get well soon and be able to perform his duties to the fullest, which I know he wants to continue to do.”

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said: “My, and I have no doubt all of Swindon's, thoughts and prayers are with His Majesty as we hope for a full and swift recovery.

“His open and frank statement highlights the need for all of us to be vigilant of any changes in our health with early diagnosis is key.”

The diagnosis comes after the king was recently admitted to hospital because of an enlarged prostate, although the palace says he does not have prostate cancer.

At that time, the Palace told the public: “In common with thousands of men each year, the King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate.

“His Majesty’s condition is benign, and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure. The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation.”

After spending three nights at a Central London hospital, the King was discharged.

Following this, a royal spokesperson said: “The King was this afternoon discharged from hospital following planned medical treatment and has rescheduled forthcoming public engagements to allow for a period of private recuperation.”

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