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Queen Camilla Says King Charles Is 'Doing His Best' Following Surgery During Solo Outing

The Queen opened a new support center before World Cancer Day this weekend

<p>Paul Grover/Shutterstock</p> Queen Camilla opens Maggie

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Queen Camilla opens Maggie's New Cancer Support Centre at Royal Free Hospital, London, on Jan. 31

Queen Camilla stepped out for another solo engagement as King Charles and Kate Middleton rest up after their surgeries.

On Wednesday morning, the Queen, 76, visited Maggie’s Royal Free to officially open the new cancer support center at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Asked how King Charles was doing in his recuperation, Queen Camilla said, "He’s getting on, doing his best," royal correspondent Richard Palmer reported on X.

The outing came ahead of World Cancer Day on Sunday, Feb. 4, and marked Queen Camilla’s 17th visit to a Maggie’s center in the U.K. As the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla became patron of Maggie’s Centres in 2008, shining a light on the hubs that provide free support and expert care to anyone navigating cancer.

<p>Paul Grover/Shutterstock</p> Queen Camilla at Maggie's Centre at the Royal Free Hospital, London

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Queen Camilla at Maggie's Centre at the Royal Free Hospital, London

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The Queen was welcomed to the new space by Maggie's executives Dame Laura Lee and Stuart Gulliver, architect Daniel Libeskind and Royal Free London representatives, and moved to meet the architectural team who brought the new space to life.

Maggie’s Centres are designed to be safe and welcoming havens on the grounds of the National Health Service hospitals for people to connect or take a quiet moment, and Maggie’s Royal Free becomes the charity’s 24th center in the U.K. The organization opened its first center in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1996, and has provided resources to support anyone with cancer, and their loved ones, ever since.

<p>Paul Grover/Shutterstock</p> Queen Camilla at Maggie's Centre at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Jan. 31

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Queen Camilla at Maggie's Centre at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Jan. 31

Queen Camilla spent time with staff, volunteers and visitors to learn how Maggie’s has made a difference in their lives, and listened as officials said a few words about the new space. The Royal Free Hospital receives about 50,000 cancer referrals annually, and Maggie’s endeavors to complement any treatments.

<p>Paul Grover/Shutterstock</p> Queen Camilla at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Jan. 31

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Queen Camilla at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Jan. 31

The Queen’s morning visit to Royal Free Hospital was her second solo outing in a row after King Charles was discharged from The London Clinic following surgery to treat an enlarged prostate last week. On Tuesday, she hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for contributors to the new Miniature Library collection displayed beside Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House as it celebrates its centenary year.

Related: Kate Middleton Leaves Hospital Following Abdominal Surgery: 'She Is Making Good Progress'

<p>Paul Grover/Shutterstock</p> Queen Camilla at the Maggie's Centre at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Jan. 31

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Queen Camilla at the Maggie's Centre at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Jan. 31

The royal event celebrated authors, illustrators and binders involved in the Modern-Day Miniature Library project — including the Queen's son, Tom Parker Bowles, who contributed to the initiative. The food writer fittingly penned “A Recipe Fit for a Queen,” and Queen Camilla seemed delighted by her own bound mini book featuring a handwritten intro to the project.

<p>KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images</p> Queen Camilla at the Windsor Castle reception for the new Miniature Library collection on Jan. 30.

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Queen Camilla at the Windsor Castle reception for the new Miniature Library collection on Jan. 30.

The Queen returned to work the day after her husband left the hospital following prostate surgery last Friday. The royal couple seemed to be in good spirits on Monday as they left the clinic and King Charles, 75, even gave a wave. Queen Camilla visited her husband several times over the weekend, and told well-wishers gathered outside the hospital, "He's fine, thank you" when asked on Friday.

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<p>Paul Grover/Shutterstock</p> Queen Camilla at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Jan. 31

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Queen Camilla at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Jan. 31

“The King was this afternoon discharged from hospital following planned medical treatment and has rescheduled forthcoming public engagements to allow for a period of private recuperation,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday. “He would like to thank the medical team and all those involved in supporting his hospital visit and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days.”

<p>Chris Jackson/Getty</p> King Charles and Queen Camilla leave The London Clinic on Jan. 29.

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King Charles and Queen Camilla leave The London Clinic on Jan. 29.

The monarch checked into the same private hospital where Princess Kate underwent abdominal surgery, on Jan. 26. King Charles visited his daughter-in-law before his own procedure.

The Princess of Wales was also discharged from the London Clinic on Monday to continue her recovery at home in Windsor following a 13-day stay at the hospital.

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