Following the announcement of King Charles III's ill health, we look back at some of the times he visited our areas.

A statement at 6pm this afternoon (Monday, February 5) read: "The King has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and has begun a schedule of regular treatments, and while he has postponed public duties he remains wholly positive about his treatment."

His Majesty has met residents from Watford, Stevenage, Hatfield and Borehamwood during his visits to Hertfordshire, leaving a lasting impression on those he spoke with.


Here are seven locations across the county that The King has visited in the past.

1. Elstree Studios, Borehamwood

The Comet: King Charles visited Borehamwood in 2022.King Charles visited Borehamwood in 2022.

Charles and Camilla visited the BBC EastEnders set in 2022.

The duo filmed some scenes during the visit to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee.

They were also given a tour of the location, receiving a glimpse behind the scenes of the BBC soap.

2. Hatfield House, Hatfield

The Comet: King Charles visiting Hatfield House.King Charles visiting Hatfield House. (Image: Archant)

In 2015, the King visited a jeweller in the grounds of Hatfield House.

Fiona Rae hosted Charles III at her studio and shop in the historic building's courtyard.

The St Albans-based jeweller still runs the outlet, and has held a royal warrant since 2001.

At the time, Fiona Rae said: "There was much excitement in the courtyard whilst people gathered to catch a glimpse of HRH.

"It was a wonderful surprise for our customers and visitors on this special day.”

3. Oshwal Association of the UK, Potters Bar

The Comet: King Charles III visiting Potters Bar.King Charles III visiting Potters Bar. (Image: Archant)

His Majesty visited the Oshwal Association of the UK in Potters Bar in January 2015.

The association runs the country’s largest Jain Temple, with the visit marking the 25th anniversary of the Institute of Jainology.

During the visit, the then-Prince Charles was presented with a special Ahimsa Award by the Institute.

He was also anointed with the tilak - a paste made of ash, vermillion, clay, or turmeric - on his forehead.

4. Yavneh College, Borehamwood

The Comet: King Charles III on his visit to Yavneh College.King Charles III on his visit to Yavneh College. (Image: Toby Melville/PA Archive/PA Images)

In 2017, Yavneh College in Borehamwood was recognised for its work in the community by chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The rabbi invited His Majesty to visit the school, and the former Prince of Wales received a guided tour.

He was also invited to make a balloon crown by rabbi Avrohom Zeidman, who works for a charity which provides gifts for children with special needs.

His Majesty also packed a box of food for Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees.

5. Coptic Orthodox Church Centre, Stevenage

The Comet: King Charles III unveiled a plaque during his visit to Stevenage.King Charles III unveiled a plaque during his visit to Stevenage. (Image: The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre UK)

In December 2013, His Majesty visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre at Shephalbury Manor, Stevenage

The Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan joined the then-Prince on his visit, during which a short service was held.

The pair also met with young people who volunteer for the church’s homeless ministry.

The royal said of his visit: "It has been a privilege to come to Stevenage, to join you in witnessing a small part of a Coptic Christian service".

Last year, the King returned to the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre, speaking of his joy at returning, and wishing everyone a blessed Christmas.

6. Purcell School for Young Musicians, Bushey

The Comet: King Charles III visited Bushey in 1998.King Charles III visited Bushey in 1998.

The then-Prince of Wales formally opened the Purcell School for Young Musicians' campus in Bushey during his visit in 1998.

In 2003, he also accepted the the UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution To Arts Education on behalf of the school.

The King remains the Purcell School's Royal Patron, having renewed this role in 2018.

In 2012, he described the establishment as "an extraordinary institution with a very special place in my heart".

7. Wenta Business Centre, Watford

The Comet: King Charles visited Wenta in 1986.King Charles visited Wenta in 1986.

In 1986, His Majesty visited Watford in order to open Watford Enterprise Agency's first business centre.

The site is now known as The Wenta Business Centre and sits on Colne Way, Watford.

The not-for-profit social enterprise offers advice, training and workspaces for business owners.

The visit was organised as part of the then-Prince's role as Chairman of Business in the Community.

It involved a reception at the Wenta café, and a half-hour tour of the location.