Cancer patient Ellis, 11, receives books and chocolate coin from King and Queen

An 11-year-old cancer patient has said it was “very exciting” meeting the King and Queen after the royals gave him three books and a labelled Buckingham Palace gold chocolate coin.

People gathered at the University College Hospital (UCH) Macmillan Cancer Centre in London as Charles and Camilla visited on Tuesday morning.

The King spoke of his “shock” at being diagnosed with cancer as he returned to public-facing duties to meet fellow patients.

Royal visit to Macmillan Cancer Centre
Ellis Edwards and his mother Carly Edwards with the Queen (Victoria Jones/PA)

Ellis and his mother Carly Edwards, from Southampton, greeted the King and Queen and presented them with flowers.

The 11-year-old told the PA news agency: “I was telling her (the Queen) about my treatment and my trip to Leicester Square, going to Hamleys and the cinemas.

“It was very exciting meeting them.”

Royal visit to Macmillan Cancer Centre
The King is presented with a bouquet as he leaves following a visit to University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London (Victoria Jones/PA)[

“He deserves it.”

Royal fan John Loughrey, 69, from London, received a wave from the King and gave the Queen a bunch of tulips and roses, telling her “you have been a foundation for the King”.

Mr Loughrey said Charles has given him the “inspiration” to get screened for cancer.

He told PA: “The King and Queen have done impeccable work … I’ve got an appointment myself at St George’s Hospital to get a mole checked.

Royal visit to Macmillan Cancer Centre
Royal superfan John Loughrey waits for the King and Queen ((Victoria Jones/PA)

Mr Loughrey, whose wife Marian Crean died from skin cancer at the age of 49 in 2003, said Charles’s announcement of his diagnosis had made him “feel like he is not alone”.

He added: “My late partner had cancer, I know exactly how the King is feeling… he’s sharing to me and everyone else affected by cancer that you’re not alone.”

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