‘Real privilege’ Queen’s photographer recalls memories of last photo shoot

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The official last photograph of Her Majesty was released after she met the newly elected Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral. According to Honey9, Jane Barlow, a Press Association photographer in Scotland, shared small talk with Her Majesty about the weather before taking the opportunity to snap a few pictures.

The Queen then officially appointed Conservative leader Liz Truss to the position of Prime Minister.

Ms Barlow told the Press Association : “I got a lot of smiles from her.

“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.

“I’ve had so many lovely comments about the picture. 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 jobs.”

Ms Barlow commented that the Queen ”certainly did look more frail than when I photographed her in the summer,” having done more engagements than originally planned in her last few days in the role.

She added that Her Majesty had a big smile on her face as she welcomed the newest Prime Minister to Balmoral Castle, where she would pass “peacefully” two days later.

The Queen died on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral at the age of 96.

Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen on Tuesday, said the monarch was the rock on which modern Britain was built, who had “provided us with the stability and strength that we needed”.

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Speaking about the new King, she said: “We offer him our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother devoted so much, to so many, for so long.

“And with the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, exactly as Her Majesty would have wished, by saying the words ‘God save the King’.”

The Royal Family has now entered a period of mourning. In the coming days, much of national life will be put on hold.

Official engagements will be cancelled and union flags will be flown at half-mast on royal residences, government buildings, across the Armed Forces and on UK posts overseas.

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Members of Parliament will pay tribute to the Queen and take an oath to King Charles.

A state funeral for the Queen is expected in the next two weeks.



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