Queen shares update on King Charles' health as he returns to public duties

The Queen arrives for a reception with authors, actors and lovers of literature at the Queens Reading Room Literary Festival at Hampton Court Palace (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
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The Queen has revealed that King Charles is "doing fine" but "won't slow down and won't do what he's told", according to a renowned author. Lee Child was given the update during the Queen's Reading Room Literary Festival at Hampton Court Palace on Saturday (June 8).

The 69 year old creator of Jack Reacher, quipped: "Sounds to me like a typical husband." The King has recently resumed his public duties while still undergoing treatment for an undisclosed type of cancer.

His speech at a D-Day event in Portsmouth on Wednesday (June 5) marked his first public address and most significant appearance since his cancer diagnosis. It is anticipated that he will participate in the forthcoming Trooping the Colour ceremony, albeit inspecting the soldiers from a carriage rather than the traditional horseback.

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Child shared: "I asked her how the King was doing because he did my investiture when I got the CBE, so I have a soft spot. And I hope he's doing fine. She said he is doing fine, except he won't slow down and he won't do what he's told, which sounds to me a typical husband."

During the festival, Camilla spoke with several authors and actors, including Sir Ian Rankin, Ann Cleeves, Miriam Margolyes, and Elizabeth McGovern. Sir Ian mentioned that the Queen informed him that "her whole family were fans of my books".

He shared that he told the Queen about his journey from Edinburgh, where he had left the "madness" of a Taylor Swift concert. He then drew a comparison between the two women, joking that Camilla would also be "used to a three-hour set and 16 costume changes", which he said she found amusing.

Margolyes revealed that she expressed her admiration for the King to the Queen at the literary festival. Speaking after her encounter with Camilla on Saturday evening, Margolyes acknowledged that the royal family has been through "a hell of a time recently".

She stated: "I just told her how much I love the King, because I do. He's an absolute darling, and he's brave as a lion and he's warm and kind and he cares and they've had a hell of a time recently so I just wanted him to know that I love him very much. She said she would tell him."

Now in its second year, the festival was graced by both the King and Queen during its last edition.

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