After Princess Kate (42) announced on Friday, March 22nd that she had cancer, King Charles III immediately contacted her. (75) to speak. The monarch, who is currently battling cancer himself, announced through Buckingham Palace that he was “very proud” of his daughter-in-law “for having the courage to speak as she did,” as the BBC reported, among others .

The timing of Kate’s announcement was not chosen by chance: the Easter holidays for the children Prince George (10), Princess Charlotte (8) and Prince Louis (5) began on Friday afternoon. In the coming days, they can be shielded from the news surrounding their cancer diagnosis while they spend time at home with their mother.

As the US magazine “People” reported, it is also expected that Princess Kate, her husband Prince William (41) and their children will not take part in the traditional Easter service in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this year. But in their place, King Charles, who is suffering from cancer, should at least aim to take part in the important service.

The 75-year-old “hopes” to make the trip to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor next weekend. Charles’ goal is to reassure the British public during this difficult time for the royal family, reports “The Mirror”, citing sources close to the monarch.

“He is determined to give his family a sign of unity and to reassure the public and the world that the monarchy is stable despite the turbulent times it is currently experiencing,” the unnamed source said of the King.

However, “a final decision” about Charles’s participation in the royal Easter service will not be made until Easter Sunday, as “The Mirror” was able to find out.

It has been known for some time that Queen Camilla (76) will represent her husband, who is suffering from cancer, at the traditional Royal Maundy service on Maundy Thursday in Worcester Cathedral. For this annual tradition, King Charles is said to have recorded “a special Easter message of hope,” as “The Mirror” reveals.