The photographer who took the last picture of the Queen in Balmoral, Scotland, said that Her Majesty “looked very happy” and recalled the moment as “unadulterated”, reports the Daily Mail.
Jane Barlow, a Press Association photographer, was sent to photograph the Queen as she received Liz Truss in an audience at Balmoral as the newly elected leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.
Now the picture has become even more touching. On it, the Queen was photographed for the last time before her death. In an interview, Barlow talks about the moment she took the shot. She recounts the few moments she was alone with her majesty.
Barlow said: “I was sent to Balmoral to cover the Royal Company. I was there to photograph the Queen receiving the new Prime Minister and just before Liz Truss entered the hall I spent a few minutes with Her Majesty. That’s when I took this picture of her.
When I entered the room, along with the Queen’s press secretary, Her Majesty was extremely smiling. We had to wait for Liz Truss’ announcement and during that time she talked about the weather. She commented on how dark it was outside because the weather had turned bad, she seemed in a very good mood. She was obviously very thin, but she was extremely radiant nonetheless. She looked very happy, says the photographer.
“Liz Truss was then officially announced and entered the room, went up to Her Majesty to shake hands, and my job was obviously to capture the moment. The Queen graced Liz Truss with another of her smiles and I left the room. These were my few short minutes with Her Majesty on Tuesday,” Barlow further shared.
“When I took the picture, she wasn’t posing, she just looked up and smiled. And now it’s even more touching because it’s one of her last pictures.”
Barlow posted the photo on his personal Instagram account two days ago with the caption: “The Queen waits in the drawing room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience in Balmoral, Scotland, where she invited the newly elected leader of the Conservative Party to become Prime Minister and form a new government.”
Jane Barlow has 15 years of experience photographing royalty and politicians.