Royals eliminate public appearances after UK election date announced

The royal family is postponing public engagements to avoid them coinciding with the recently announced UK general election.

Buckingham Palace issued the update as British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a snap election for July 4 following a meeting with King Charles, 75, overnight in which Sunak asked the monarch to dissolved Parliament.

The palace said in a statement: “Following the Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon calling a general election, the royal family will, in accordance with normal procedure, postpone any engagements that may appear to divert attention or distract from the election campaign.

“Their Majesties send their sincere apologies to anyone who may be affected by this.”

Charles has been back in the public eye with his wife Queen Camilla, 76, since it was announced he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.

A full list of future royal events that will be affected by the election decision has not been released, but it is understood that Charles and Camilla’s scheduled appearances for the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth and Normandy in June will go ahead.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street in London.

Charles has already seen two prime ministers during his short reign, with Liz Truss’s period in power being the shortest in British history, leading to Rishi Sunak being announced as prime minister six weeks after Charles acceded to the throne. on September 8, 2022.

Sunak and Charles spent around 15 minutes together in the king’s private audience room overnight before the announcement that royal appearances would be canceled for the sake of the election.

Charles returned to public engagements in April after his cancer diagnosis in February was revealed.

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