A statement from Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Lord of Mann, King Charles has had diagnostics tests that identified a form of cancer.

The Lord of Mann is the lord proprietor and head of state of the Isle of Man.

A statement read: ‘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.’

Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, Alfred Cannan, has commented: ‘Our thoughts are with His Majesty The King, Lord of Mann, and his family - wishing him all the very best for his treatment and a full and speedy recovery’.