The photographer, Jane Barlow, who took the last official photograph of Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday has described that although she was “frail” she was “in good spirits”.
Jane Barlow, from the Press Association news agency, was dispatched to Balmoral Castle to capture the moment The Queen appointed her fifteenth Prime Minister, Liz Truss.
While The Queen and Ms Barlow were waiting for the arrival of Liz Truss, a number of portraits were taken. The Queen also made some small talk with Ms Barlow, chatting about the awful weather that was occurring around Balmoral at the time.
“I got a lot of smiles from her” remarked Jane Barlow when she was asked about taking the portraits of The Queen. Little did she know that these official portraits would be Queen Elizabeth II’s last.
Speaking on the opportunity she was given to take that photograph, Ms Barlow commented, “It’s a real privilege to be able to take that picture, an honour and a privilege. It’s like that for a lot of our job. I was there to photograph her meeting the new Prime Minister but for me the best picture was the one of the Queen on her own. And it has obviously become more significant now. She certainly did look more frail than when I photographed her in the Summer. When she came up for Holyrood Week at the time, they were telling me she would do one, perhaps two engagements, but she did quite a lot that week.”
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday 8th September 2022 at Balmoral Castle.
Photo: PA/Jane Barlow.