King Charles and Kate Middleton back home after surgeries

London, UK - King Charles III and Kate Middleton both left the hospital on Monday following separate surgeries that created a double health scare for Britain's royal family.

Britain's King Charles III (r.) waves as he and Queen Camilla (l.) leave the London Clinic on Monday.
Britain's King Charles III (r.) waves as he and Queen Camilla (l.) leave the London Clinic on Monday.  © DANIEL LEAL / AFP

Head-of-state Charles (75) left the private London Clinic three days after undergoing prostate surgery.

The monarch, dressed in a suit and a black overcoat, waved to crowds as he and Queen Camilla (76) emerged from the central London facility and got into a waiting car.

His departure came hours after Kensington Palace announced that his daughter-in-law Kate – whose husband, Prince William, is heir to the throne – had also left the clinic after undergoing abdominal surgery earlier this month.

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It is unclear when exactly the 42-year-old princess was discharged, but her office said that she was making "good progress" at home at the start of a recuperation that could last months.

The pair's absence has created a frontline staffing shortage within the already slimmed-down monarchy, with William also postponing public engagements to be at his wife's side and only Camilla left as the most visible working royal.

Cover photo: DANIEL LEAL / AFP

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