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A planned visit of King Charles III to the country is postponed

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla photographed on January 29 in London. (Archive photo)

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Although this trip to Canada had not been confirmed by Buckingham Palace, King Charles III and Queen Camilla were expected to visit Canada in May 2024, according to Canadian government sources.

In a response to a CBC News freedom of information request, an official wrote that following the announcement Following a cancer diagnosis for His Majesty the King, there are no more tours planned to Canada for 2024 or tours planned with other members of the royal family.

Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace said doctors had discovered the king had cancer following an operation for enlargement benign prostate.

According to Buckingham Palace, which did not specify what type of cancer it is, the 75-year-old sovereign has started treatment for the disease. The palace further assures that the king remains entirely positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to public duties as soon as possible.

Prince Charles, son of Queen Elizabeth II, became king in September 2022 following the death of his mother at the age of 96.

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Crowned last May, Charles III still visited several Commonwealth countries since. As king, he has visited Germany, Romania, France, Kenya and, most recently, the United Arab Emirates for the 2023 United Nations climate change conference.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">His last trip to Canada was in May 2022, when he visited Newfoundland, Ottawa and the Northwest Territories.

Canadians are divided over the country's ties to the British crown.

According to a Leger poll of 1,544 people shortly before King Charles' coronation, 56% of respondents agreed that the country should reconsider its ties to the monarchy now that there is a new ruler.< /p>

The poll also found that 67% of respondents felt indifferent to Charles' new role. Only 12% said it was good news.

About 80% of respondents said not be personally attached to the monarchy.

Remember that any modification of the links between Canada and the monarchy would require a unanimous decision of the provinces, of the House of the Commons and the Senate.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said in the past that he is not in favor of a debate on x27;abolition of the monarchy.

With information from Kate McKenna

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