This Tuesday, September 6 marked the last public appearance of Elizabeth II, two days before her death. The Queen received a visit from the new Prime Minister Liz Truss. A meeting that took place under the eye of photographer Jane Barlow, who told the bottom of this moment.
A last remarkable meeting. 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 has appointed fifteen British Prime Ministers, and this Tuesday, September 6, two days before taking her last breath, 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 had taken refuge because of her health problems. On this occasion, the mother of King Charles III was photographed for the first time since arriving at the estate on July 21, 2022, for his summer vacation. From the BBC, Jane Barlowthe Associated Press photographer who was honored to capture the Queen and Prime Minister, told behind the scenes of this moment.
Jane Barlow: ‘The best photo was of the queen alone’
Jane Barlow thus confided that she had found that the sovereign seemed “frail” but in a good mood when being photographed. She also said that while waiting for the Conservative leader to arrive, they talked about the weather, and that the Queen was very smiling as Jane Barlow took some portraits of her. “It was a real privilege to be able to take this photo, an honor and a privilege“, said the photographer, 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 it’s obviously become more meaningful now.”
A photo that worries internet users
During the photos of this visit were shared on social networks, Internet users were challenged by a physical detail of Elizabeth II which already said a lot about her worrying state of health. On the photographs, one could indeed discover a mark of blue on the hand of the monarch. According to our Belgian colleagues from RTL Info, it could be a hematoma of a few days, because its color was already approaching 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 the hospital. A few weeks later, after returning to Windsor, she was forced to decline her participation in Remembrance Sunday, an event that was close to her heart, due to back problems. Two days later, the sovereign had canceled her participation in the General Synod, the National Assembly of the Church of England.