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King Charles waves to the public as he arrives at Clarence House – after leaving Windsor Castle before memorial to his late second cousin  King Constantine of Greece

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King Charles was seen waving to the public as he arrived at Clarence House on Tuesday afternoon.

The monarch, 75, had been at Windsor Castle this morning but left before the memorial service for his second cousin King Constantine of Greece began.

His Majesty has not been carrying out public-facing duties since he was diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer on February 5. 

While Charles travelled back to London, Queen Camilla stepped up to represent the British monarch in both her husband and Prince William’s absence.

Earlier today, Prince William made a last-minute decision to pull out of the service, where he was due to give a reading, for ‘personal reasons’.

A source said his absence is not in connection to the Princess of Wales’ ongoing recovery from abdominal surgery, who ‘continues to be doing well’.

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King Charles was seen waving to the public as he arrived at Clarence House on Tuesday afternoon

The King had been at Windsor Castle earlier today but left before the memorial service began

The King had been at Windsor Castle earlier today but left before the memorial service began

Pictured: King Charles III attends the Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on February 18

Pictured: King Charles III attends the Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on February 18

Queen Camilla wipes away a tear at the memorial service for the life of King Constantine

Queen Camilla wipes away a tear at the memorial service for the life of King Constantine 

Pictured: Guests attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George's Chapel, in Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Pictured: Guests attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Pictured: L-R The Duke of Gloucester, Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Princess Royal are joined by (second row left to right) Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Sarah Duchess of York, Lady Helen Taylor and the Duke of Kent attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes

Pictured: L-R The Duke of Gloucester, Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and the Princess Royal are joined by (second row left to right) Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Sarah Duchess of York, Lady Helen Taylor and the Duke of Kent attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes

Pictured: L-R: Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George's Chapel, in Windsor Castle

Pictured: L-R: Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle

It comes as a Greek orthodox monk has claimed that King Charles has turned to him for spiritual advice since being diagnosed with cancer.

It’s claimed that the King secretly contacted Archimandrite Ephraim, with whom he’s said to have been friends with for over 25 years.

The King and the Abbot are understood to have grown close after Princess Diana’s death in 1997.

The Prince of Wales, who was due to give a reading, called the family to apologise, while Kensington Palace confirmed Kate was ‘doing well’ as she recovers at home.

Kate will remain away from official royal engagements until after Easter after her surgery.

Prince Andrew was present today with Sarah, Duchess of York and his daughters Princess Eugenie and Beatrice because it was deemed a personal family event.

It is also understood that the Duke of York was attending the service as a member of the British Royal Family and had been invited by the Greek Royal Family

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Pictured: L-R Lord Cavendish of Furness, US climate envoy John Kerry and Dame Norma Major

Pictured: L-R Lord Cavendish of Furness, US climate envoy John Kerry and Dame Norma Major

Pictured: Prince Andrew the Duke of York attends a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine

Pictured: Prince Andrew the Duke of York attends a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine

Pictured: Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and Princess Catherine of Serbia

Pictured: Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and Princess Catherine of Serbia

Pictured: Zara Tindall attends a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes

Pictured: Zara Tindall attends a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes

Pictured: Prince Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark RE, and Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark (both front) and Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark (fifth right) attend the thanksgiving service

Pictured: Prince Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark RE, and Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark (both front) and Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark (fifth right) attend the thanksgiving service

Queen Noor of Khorndania and Kyril of Bulgaria

Dax Miller and Alexandra von Furstenberg

Queen Noor of Khorndania and Kyril of Bulgaria and Dax Miller and Alexandra von Furstenberg attended the thanksgiving service today 

Pictured: Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Pictured: Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Pictured: Jackie Stewart arrives to attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes

Pictured: Jackie Stewart arrives to attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes

Charles was unable to attend Constantine’s funeral in Athens last year because of commitments which included meeting the president of Cyprus. The Princess Royal represented him at the service.

A timeline of the Royal’s health woes

Here is a rundown of the health scares that have struck the Royal family this year

January 16: Kate is admitted to the London Clinic for abdominal surgery

January 17: It is announced that King Charles is having treatment for an enlarged prostate

January 18: Prince William goes to Kate’s bedside and says she is ‘doing well’ after surgery

January 18: Queen Camilla says the King is doing ‘fine’ and looking forward to getting back to work 

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January 19: King Charles flies back from Scotland and heads to Sandringham estate to rest ahead of his prostate procedure

January 21: It is announced that the Duchess of York has skin cancer

January 25: The King travels back to London ready for his treatment

January 29: The King and Kate are discharged the same day

January 31: Queen Camilla says the King is ‘doing his best’ after surgery

February 5: Buckingham Palace announces the King has cancer 

February 10: The King expressed his ‘heartfelt thanks’ for the messages he has received  

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Constantine, who died in an Athens hospital, acceded to the throne at the age of 23 in 1964.

The young king, who had won Olympic gold in sailing, was initially hugely popular.

By the following year he had squandered much of that support with his active involvement in the machinations that brought down the popularly elected Centre Union government of prime minister George Papandreou.

The episode, still widely known in Greece as the ‘apostasy’ or defection from the ruling party of several politicians, destabilised the constitutional order and led to a military coup in 1967.

Meanwhile, the Princess of Wales is understood to be ‘doing well’ as she recovers from abdominal surgery.

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Earlier this month, The Daily Mail exclusively revealed that Kate joined Prince William and their three children for a half-term holiday to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

‘Catherine is recovering well,’ a friend told Diary editor Richard Eden.

‘She was looking forward to a change of scene and will be able to take it easy in Norfolk while the children let off steam with William.’

As news that Kate had been discharged emerged, a Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The Princess of Wales has returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery from surgery. She is making good progress.

‘The Prince and Princess wish to say a huge thank you to the entire team at The London Clinic, especially the dedicated nursing staff, for the care they have provided. 

‘The Wales family continues to be grateful for the well wishes they have received from around the world.’

Source: Daily Mail

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