This Tuesday 6 September was the last public appearance of Elizabeth II, two days before her death. The Queen received a visit from the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. An encounter that took place under the eye of photographer Jane Barlow, who told the essence of this moment.
A last remarkable encounter. This Thursday, September 8, the Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 after occupying the throne of the United Kingdom for more than 70 years. During this long reign, the monarch appointed fifteen British prime ministers, and this Tuesday, September 6, two days before she breathed her last, she received a visit from the one who succeeded Boris Johnson, Liz Truss.
This meeting took place in the castle of Balmoral, in Scotland, where the queen took refuge due to her health problems. On this occasion, the mother of King Charles III was photographed for the first time since he arrived at the estate on 21 July 2022 for his summer holiday. From the BBC, Jane Barlowthe Associated Press photographer honored to capture the Queen and Prime Minister, told behind the scenes of this moment.
Jane Barlow: ‘The best picture was of the Queen alone’
Thus Jane Barlow confided that she found the sovereign looked “fragile” but in a good mood when it is photographed. She also said that while they were waiting for the Conservative leader to arrive, they did talked about the weather, and that the Queen smiled a lot when Jane Barlow took some portraits of her. “It was a real privilege to be able to take this photo, an honor and a privilege“, the photographer said, before adding: “I was there to photograph her during her meeting with the new Prime Minister, but for me the best photo was of the queen alone. And of course it has become more significant now.”
A photo that worries internet users
During the photos of this visit that were shared on social networks, Internet users were challenged by a physical detail of Elizabeth II that already said a lot about her alarming state of health. In the photos one could indeed discover a mark of blue on the hand of the monarch. According to our Belgian colleagues from RTL Info, it can be a hematoma of several days, because its color has already approached yellow. This mark could have been related to an infusion or a blood test. However, it was not a traumatic hematoma.
In recent months, the health of Elizabeth II has greatly worried the royal family and the British people, especially in October 2021, when she had to spend a night in hospital. A few weeks later, after returning to Windsor, she was forced to cancel her participation in Remembrance Sunday, an event very close to her heart, due to back problems. Two days later, the sovereign canceled her participation in the General Synod, the National Assembly of the Church of England.