WELL wishes are being sent to King Charles by Basingstoke residents and shoppers following the news of his cancer diagnosis.

As previously reported, on January 5, Buckingham Palace confirmed that His Majesty had been diagnosed with a form of cancer and that he would be beginning regular treatments.

Despite postponing public duties, Buckingham Palace has said the King remains "wholly positive about his treatment".

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The diagnosis comes after the 75-year-old monarch was recently admitted to hospital because of an enlarged prostate, although the palace says he does not have prostate cancer.

Messages of support have flooded the country, with well wishes for the King and hopes for a speedy recovery.

The Gazette asked shoppers and residents to send their messages of support to his majesty.

Basingstoke resident Jenus Oke, 64, said he prays for the king every day. He added: "I feel sorry for him, it's a large job to do. The whole nation is praying for him."

Basingstoke Gazette: Jenus Oke, 64, a Basingstoke residentJenus Oke, 64, a Basingstoke resident (Image: Newsquest)

Ellie Wemyss, a 16-year-old student in Basingstoke, said: “It’s very sad. I hope that he’s alright and he gets cleared of it and it's nothing too serious.”

Linda Miller says she is in lots of shock at the news, she added: “It’s come at a really bad time. I am wishing him a speedy recovery, and I hope it’s not too hard.”

Martin Cooper, 28, who is local to Basingstoke, said: “It’s just horrible, a real battle on his hands but he has the best care, and he will hopefully pull through. Get well soon.”

Basingstoke Gazette: Martin Cooper, 28, Basingstoke residentMartin Cooper, 28, Basingstoke resident (Image: Newsquest)

South Ham resident, Ian Blunden, 71, says he has had cancer himself and wishes the King the best of luck, expressing that cancer care has greatly improved over the years.

Basingstoke Gazette: Ian Blunden, 71, South Ham residentIan Blunden, 71, South Ham resident (Image: Newsquest)

Former Mayor of Basingstoke Paul Miller said: "As the immediate past Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane and having had the Honour of reading the Proclamation of His Majesty’s accession, I wish him all the very best for a rapid and successful recovery from his diagnosis.

"The past Mayoress and I extend our sympathies to the Royal Family in this worrying time, but we are sure that His Majesty is being given the best care possible."