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Growth removed from Charles' face

Prince Charles
Charles was pictured while planting a tree at Highgrove

The Prince of Wales has had a non-cancerous growth removed from his face in a routine procedure, according to a Clarence House statement.

He has been photographed emerging from his home at Highgrove, Gloucestershire, with a small white plaster on the right side of the bridge of his nose.

Clarence House would not elaborate on the procedure, which it referred to as a "routine and minor matter".

It is thought to have taken place after Charles met the Dalai Lama on Thursday.

Medical history

The prince looked fit and well as he carried out a tree planting ceremony in Highgrove's grounds to mark the Gloucestershire 1,000 Trees campaign's official end.

He is not the first royal to undergo treatment for a facial growth.

His father, the Duke of Edinburgh, had a small benign growth removed from his nose in 1996.

And in January 2003 the Queen had non-cancerous growths taken from her face.

Charles' own medical history includes what his surgeon called a "serious degenerative disc problem", which caused him to miss Royal Ascot in 1991.

He broke his right arm in 2001 after falling from his horse during a game of polo.

In 2001, he fractured a bone in his shoulder when he fell during a fox hunt, and spent a night in hospital after slipping from his horse in another polo game.

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