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King Charles Shares Intimate Look at Get Well Cards That Brought Him to Tears amid Cancer Diagnosis

The King, who is being treated for cancer, has received more than 7,000 cards and letters wishing him well

<p>WPA-Rota/Press Association Images</p> King Charles III reads cards and messages, sent by wellwishers following his cancer diagnosis, in the 18th Century Room of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace

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King Charles III reads cards and messages, sent by wellwishers following his cancer diagnosis, in the 18th Century Room of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace

While King Charles has admitted that the numerous cards he's received from well-wishers following his cancer diagnosis have "reduced" him to tears, they're also bringing a smile to his face.

Since news of his cancer diagnosis was announced nearly three weeks ago on Feb. 5, the King, 75, has received thousands of cards and letters. Among them is a humorous one depicting a dog wearing a veterinary cone with the caption: "King Charles, at least you don’t have to wear a cone!" Another strikes a more emotional tone with the words, "The main thing is family."

The cards were revealed in a social media video released by Buckingham Palace on Friday. The new video expressed the King's gratitude towards those who had sent in cards. It comes two days after the King's first face-to-face meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak since Charles began treatment for cancer. During the visit, he shared, "I've received countless heartwarming messages and cards. They've brought tears to my eyes most of the time."

According to the video on Friday, “The Correspondence Team at Buckingham Palace have received more than 7,000 letters and cards from across the world. The King has been sent a selection in his daily red box of paperwork. Many share their own experience with cancer. Others offer good wishes and advice for a speedy recovery. To everyone who took the time to write, THANK YOU. As His Majesty has said, ‘Such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.’’’

<p>WPA-Rota/Press Association Images</p> King Charles III reads cards and messages, sent by wellwishers following his cancer diagnosis, in the 18th Century Room of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace

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King Charles III reads cards and messages, sent by wellwishers following his cancer diagnosis, in the 18th Century Room of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace

One of the examples provided by the palace includes a supportive message from a child, encouraging the monarch with the words, "Never give up. Be brave. Don't push your limits. Get Well Soon."

Another card from a young well-wisher expresses, “King Charles, sorry to hear you are not feeling well at the moment. I am wishing you a speedy recovery. Get Well Soon.”

Related: A Complete Timeline of King Charles' Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

One adult expressed, “I wanted to tell you I am thinking of you as you face your own diagnosis and treatment and send prayers and every good wish for a speedy recovery.”

Another adult's message was, “Chin up, chest out, remain positive and don’t let it get you down. Trust me, it works, but the main thing is family.”

<p>WPA-Rota/Press Association Images</p> King Charles III reads cards and messages, sent by wellwishers following his cancer diagnosis, in the 18th Century Room of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace

WPA-Rota/Press Association Images

King Charles III reads cards and messages, sent by wellwishers following his cancer diagnosis, in the 18th Century Room of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace

During his first in-person audience at Buckingham Palace since his diagnosis, King Charles shared a light-hearted moment with Sunak. When the prime minister said it was "wonderful" to see the King looking so well, the monarch humorously responded, "It's all done with mirrors."

The prime minister then responded, "Well, we're all behind you. The country's behind you."

<p>WPA-Rota/Press Association Images</p> King Charles III reads cards and messages, sent by wellwishers following his cancer diagnosis, in the 18th Century Room of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace

WPA-Rota/Press Association Images

King Charles III reads cards and messages, sent by wellwishers following his cancer diagnosis, in the 18th Century Room of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace

The pair also discussed how news of the King's cancer has put a spotlight on many vital cancer charities.

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<p>JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty</p> King Charles with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on February 21, 2024

JONATHAN BRADY/POOL/AFP via Getty

King Charles with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on February 21, 2024

"I hear there's been a lot more attention and interest on those main, wonderful cancer charities, many of which I've been patron for years," the King said with a laugh.

Sunak replied, "They do incredible work up and down the country."

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