Britain’s King Charles recently revealed that as a side effect of his cancer treatment, he lost his sense of taste. Despite the setback, the monarch appeared healthy and cheerful as he joined his son, Prince William, in a significant public event.

During a ceremony on Monday, King Charles bestowed an important military role upon Prince William, marking a rare occasion where both father and son were present together. The event signified the King’s return to public duties following his battle with cancer.

Amidst laughter, Charles conferred upon William the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, a position the monarch held for 32 years as Prince of Wales. The ceremony occured in front of an Apache helicopter, with soldiers witnessing the event at the Army Flying Museum in southern England. William later flew the aircraft.

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Speaking proudly of his son’s past achievements, Charles commended the heir apparent’s skills as a pilot, highlighting his previous service in flying helicopters for Britain’s Royal Air Force, particularly in search and rescue missions.

The engagement marked Charles’ first official task since resuming work at the end of April, following a three-month hiatus for cancer treatment. Similarly, William, aged 41, took a break from his official duties in March and April to support his wife during her chemotherapy treatment to prevent cancer. William shared on Friday that his wife is “doing well.”

Expressing both sadness and optimism during the handover ceremony, Charles bid farewell to his role with the Army Air Corps, expressing confidence in the Corps’ future under his son’s leadership. He was grateful to all involved and proud of his longstanding association with the Corps.