King Charles III has reduced his workload to light duties while undergoing cancer treatment but “will never abdicate,” a biographer told College Unified News. Charles appeared in public for the first time on Tuesday since Buckingham Palace announced his diagnosis the previous day. There was no indication of concern about his future, and there is recent precedent in Europe for a monarch stepping down due to health issues. Queen Margrethe of Denmark announced her abdication on New Year’s Eve, citing back surgery she received in February 2023. However, Our King author Robert Jobson told Newsweek that “unless he is totally incapacitated, the king will never abdicate.”
Charles also has the example of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who pledged on her 21st birthday to devote her “whole life” to public service. Her final act of duty was to invite former Prime Minister Liz Truss to form a government two days before her death at the age of 96 in September 2022. If Charles follows in Elizabeth’s footsteps, an abdication seems far off.
For the time being, the king will refrain from public appearances and instead focus on the paperwork that comes with his position as head of state. One test of his health will be whether he is able to attend Trooping the Colour, the monarch’s birthday parade in June. Missing the event is unlikely to cause a constitutional crisis, but his absence would be noticeable. He would serve as a stand-in if he were unable to attend the State Opening of Parliament, a function he had previously performed for the queen.
Given the king’s current medical condition, a call for abdication is extremely unlikely. He believes that with family support and William’s public support, the king will be able to recover quickly, and we all wish him well.