I’M sure many of us will have been saddened to hear the news recently that His Majesty the King has been diagnosed with cancer.

The news comes after he had already undergone treatment for benign prostate enlargement, and during a time when the Princess of Wales has also been undergoing abdominal surgery.

It is a concerning time for all the Royal Family, and I’m sure that everyone’s thoughts and prayers will be with them.

Whilst the King has had to take a break from his public duties, I am pleased to hear that he is still able to fulfil his constitutional commitments.

Whilst the UK is a Parliamentary democracy, the Crown plays an important, if at times largely symbolic role, in our legal and political system.

Our history, traditions and constitutional quirks are revered globally, and make us proud to be British.

The good wishes that have poured in for the King from around the world are a recognition of the high esteem in which he and his family are held by many.

Traditionally the Royal Family may have chosen to stay tight-lipped when it comes to health issues, but I think it is welcome that the King has chosen to be open about his issues, in the hope it will encourage others with symptoms to get treated.

Benign prostate enlargement is common in men aged over 50, and whilst it is not usually a serious threat to health, it is advisable to get it treated.

When it comes to cancer, every family will have been affected in some way, and whilst the search for a cure continues we do know that the earlier a cancer is detected, the greater the chances of survival.

Again, I would strongly encourage anyone who may have symptoms to get them checked out, to give peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones, and getting the ball rolling early on treatment if required.