King Charles and Queen Camilla comp image, both smiling (Credit: Shutterstock)

King Charles smiles and waves at Easter Sunday church service as Royal fans thrilled to see him ‘looking so well’

The Prince and Princess of Wales were absent from the service

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King Charles has made his first public appearance since he started receiving treatment for cancer at the Easter Sunday church service for the Royal Family.

It’s said to be a ‘gentle’ return to the public stage. Instead of his normal royal walkabout before the service, he was driven directly to the door.

He did, however, wave at the waiting crowds and gave them a huge smile. This was reassuring to onlookers that he seems on the way back to full health.

King Charles and Queen Camilla smile at the Easter Sunday church service
The King greeted crowds from afar (Credit: NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

King Charles attends Easter Sunday service

The Monarch, who announced his cancer diagnosis last month, was confirmed to be attending the Easter Mattins Service earlier this week. King Charles has now arrived at the service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It is a much smaller event than usual.

Speaking earlier this week, ITV’s Royal Editor Chris Ship tweeted: “It’s a significant move because it means Charles’ doctors are permitting him to be around more people despite his cancer treatment.”

However, in a break from last year’s tradition, Charles did not do the walkabout meeting the crowds. Instead the Royal Bentley dropped him and Queen Camilla at the door directly.

He did take a moment to great the crowds with a smile and a wave.

Once inside the chapel, the King and Queen will sit separately from other Royals. This is to shield him from infection during treatment.

This attendance is “a sign of things heading in the right direction” a source told Daily Express.

King Charles gesticulates and smiles
Charles looked happy (Credit: NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Fans thrilled

Those watching the coverage of the church arrival at home were thrilled to see the King looking so well.

It’s great to see King Charles looking very well this morning,” said one on X.

Another agreed: “King Charles looks well and happy.”

It’s great to see King Charles making a gentle return to public life, especially on such a special day like Easter Sunday. His wave and presence at St George’s Chapel with Camilla by his side is truly heartwarming. Wishing him strength and courage as he battles cancer.”

Prince and Princess of Wales with Charlotte, George and Louis
Kate and her family attended the Christmas service, but are absent this Easter (Credit: Cover Images)

Prince and Princess of Wales stay home

Other attendees seen arriving at the service included Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence. Princess Edward and his wife Sophie were also there. Prince Andrew and former wife Sarah Ferguson were seen arriving too.

However William, Kate and their three children: George, Charlotte and Louis, were absent from the service. It comes after the Princess of Wales shared her cancer diagnosis in a video message last week.

In the address, Kate explained that after undergoing “successful” abdominal surgery in January, tests after the operation found “cancer had been present”.

She said: “My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventive chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment.”

According to reports, Prince William, Kate and their three children headed to their Anmer Hall retreat in Norfolk to spend Easter privately as a family.

King Charles ‘determination’ over Easter

Meanwhile, a source has claimed that the King feels “utterly determined to put on a show of unity” for his family this Easter. He recorded a speech for the Royal Maundy Service, which Queen Camilla attended on his behalf.

The insider told the Mirror: “The King has been keeping in touch with the Princess of Wales from the moment she was admitted to hospital in January and throughout her current cancer treatment. He is utterly determined to put on a show of unity for his family and reassure the public and wider world that the monarchy is stable, despite the current tumultuous period it is experiencing.”

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Carena Crawford
Associate Editor (Soaps)