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Buckingham Palace has announced that King Charles III has been diagnosed with “a form of cancer.” Check our daily (except for Saturdays) Royal News Recap for more news on this.

The 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.

The Telegraph

From BBC News:

The duch*ess of York has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma following the removal of a cancerous mole during treatment for breast cancer.

Sarah Ferguson had several moles removed and analysed while having reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy, her spokesman said.
The duch*ess “remains in good spirits”, despite it being “distressing” to have another cancer diagnosis.
She is the third royal to announce a medical procedure this week.

BBC: Sarah Ferguson: duch*ess of York diagnosed with skin cancer

Breaking News! – Unofficial Royalty (4)Just hours after it was announced that The Princess of Wales had undergone successful abdominal surgery, Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles III will be treated for a benign prostate condition next week. The statement stresses that it is a benign condition, but the King will undergo a “corrective procedure”. The King’s engagements will be postponed for a brief period of time.

BBC: King Charles to be treated for benign prostate condition

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photo: By Ian Jones – Buckingham Palace reception, CC BY 2.0,

The Princess of Wales has undergone planned abdominal surgery at The London Clinic, a private hospital in central London. A statement from Kensington Palace states that she was admitted yesterday, and that “the surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery.” No further details were given about the Princess’s condition, but stressed that her condition did not involve cancer.

The Princess apologized for having to postpone her scheduled engagements, and the Prince will also be postponing some of his engagements while the Princess is in hospital. The Palace stated they will provide updates only if there is significant information to share.

Watch for more information posted in our Daily News Recap later this evening.

British Monarchy: A statement from Kensington Palace
BBC: Catherine, Princess of Wales, has planned abdominal surgery

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Leka and Elia on their wedding day with some of their guests. Front row, left to right: Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, Empress Farah of Iran, Elia, Leka, Queen Sofía of Spain. Second row, left to right: Alexander, Crown Prince of Serbia, Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Margareta of Romania, Prince Radu of Romania, Nicholas, Prince of Montenegro; Credit – By RoyalblogNL, CC BY 3.0,

On January 16, 2024, it was announced that Crown Prince Leka II, the current claimant to the defunct throne of Albania, and his wife Crown Princess Elia, the former Elia Zaharia, an Albanian actress and singer, were ending their marriage.

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Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia were married at the Royal Palace in Tirana, Albania on October 8, 2016. A civil ceremony was held, officiated by the Mayor of Tirana, followed by a blessing from the religious leaders of Albania representing the Sunni Islam, Bektashi, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant faiths. This showed the long-standing tradition of religious diversity and tolerance in the country, and within the Albanian Royal Family.

The couple has a daughter Princess Geraldine, born on October 22, 2020. She was named in honor of her great-grandmother Queen Geraldine, as she was born on the anniversary of the Queen’s death 18 years earlier.

Albania ceased being a kingdom in 1939, when on the orders of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, Italian forces invaded and occupied Albania, forcing Leka’s grandfather King Zog and his family into exile. Since 1939, there have been three claimants to the throne of Albania

  • King Zog I of the Albanians
  • Crown Prince Leka I of the Albanians
  • Crown Prince Leka II of the Albanians

Learn more about the Kingdom of Albania at Unofficial Royalty: Kingdom of Albania Index.

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Prince Felix with Princess Claire with their two eldest children Princess Amalia and Prince Liam, 2023; Credit – The Grand Ducal Court

Prince Felix of Luxembourg, the second child and the second of the four sons of Grand Duke Henri and Grand duch*ess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, and his wife Princess Claire have announced the birth of their third child, a son, Prince Balthasar Felix Karl of Nassau. Prince Balthasar was born on January 7, 2024 at the Grand duch*ess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. He weighed 3,220 kg/7.1 lbs. and measured 50 cm/19 in. and is seventh in the line of succession to the throne of Luxembourg.

The press release read:

We are happy to announce the birth of our son, born on January 7, 2024 at the Grand-duch*esse Charlotte Maternity Hospital.
The newborn Prince will be named Balthasar Felix Karl.
It weighs 3,220 kg and measures 50 cm.

The baby and Princess Claire are in perfect health.

Félix and Claire
with Amalia and Liam

The couple already had two children:

  • Princess Amalia Gabriella Maria Teresa of Nassau (born June 15, 2014)
  • Prince Liam Henri Hartmut of Nassau (born on November 28, 2016)

Read more about the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg at Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Index.

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Nicolas Bagory and Princess Alexandra Photo Credit – © Grand Duke’s House / Sophie Margue

On December 18, 2023, the Grand Ducal House of Luxembourg announced that Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg and Nicolas Bagory are expecting their first child in the spring of 2024.

The announcement said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand duch*ess are delighted to announce that Princess Alexandra and Mister Nicolas Bagory are expecting their first child. The birth is scheduled for spring. The Grand Duke, the Grand duch*ess as well as the members of the two families join in this great happiness.”

Princess Alexandra, born February 16, 1991, is the fourth child of the five children and the only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Grand duch*ess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg,

On November 7, 2022, Grand Duke Henri and Grand duch*ess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg announced the engagement of Princess Alexandra to Nicolas Bagory. Nicolas was born on November 11, 1988, and grew up in Brittany, France. Alexandra married Nicolas in a civil ceremony in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg on April 22, 2023, followed by a religious ceremony at Saint Trophy in Bormes-les-Mimosas, Var, France on April 29, 2023.

  • Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg
  • Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Index

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Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait; Credit – Wikipedia

Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait died on December 16, 2023, aged 86. In 2021, it was reported that Nawaf had received treatment in the United States for an unspecified medical condition. On November 29, 2023, Nawaf was admitted to the hospital following an emergency health issue. Crown Prince Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait, the half-brother of Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, succeeded as Emir of Kuwait.

The funeral for family only will be held on December 17, 2023, followed by the burial at Sulaibikhat Cemetery in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait was born on June 25, 1937, in Kuwait City, Kuwait. He was the son of Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the 10th Ruler of Kuwait from 1944 – 1950, and Al-Yamamah. Nawaf grew up at Dasman Palace in Kuwait City with the sons and grandsons of his father. He was educated at the Al Mubarakiyya School which was established in 1911 as one of Kuwait’s first modern educational institutions. Afterward, he attended university in the United Kingdom. Nawaf married Sharifah Suleiman Al-Jasem in the 1950s. They had four sons and one daughter.

Before he became Emir, Nawaf was one of the most senior serving members of the House of Al-Sabah and served Kuwait in various capacities since 1962. Nawaf has played an important role in establishing programs that support national unity in the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf.
Before he became Emir, Nawaf was one of the most senior serving members of the House of Al-Sabah and served Kuwait in various capacities since 1962. Nawaf has played an important role in establishing programs that support national unity in the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf

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