King Charles Is Taking a Special Health Precaution for Easter Sunday Following His Cancer Diagnosis

Easter within the Royal Family, typically a showcase of centuries-old customs, is taking an unexpected turn this year. Both Kate Middleton and King Charles III are navigating the waters of recent cancer diagnoses, compelling the family to rethink royal Easter traditions in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. While Prince William, Middleton, and their three children are reportedly skipping the royal Easter festivities this year, King Charles is planning to attend — with some adjustments to some Easter traditions in the name of protecting his health.

Traditionally, the Thursday before Easter is marked by the giving of “Maundy Money,” a ceremony where the monarch rewards community service with specially minted coins. Easter Sunday itself is punctuated by a grand family gathering and a church service, culminating in a lunch featuring lamb as the main dish. However, to minimize health risks for King Charles, he and Queen Camilla will be observing the service from a distance, not amidst the usual congregation, as reported by The Telegraph.

This adaptation of the Easter Mattins Service, King Charles’s first public appearance since disclosing his cancer battle, underscores a broader narrative: even royals must sometimes place tradition on the back burner to prioritize health. Cancer treatments can severely weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections. This heightened vulnerability necessitates adjustments to social interactions, especially in settings like large gatherings, which could pose significant health risks.

King Charles decided to share his reflections via video at the Royal Maundy service, attended in person by Queen Camilla at Worcester Cathedral. He touched on the theme of looking out for one another, especially when the going gets tough, saying “we need and benefit greatly from those who extend the hand of friendship to us, especially in a time of need.”

King Charles’ appearance at the Easter service will mark his first in-person, public appearance following his cancer diagnosis.