Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, at the age of 96 on Thursday. A touching final photo of the Queen shows the long-reigning monarch smiling and holding a stick as she stands next to a fireplace at Balmoral Castle. The picture was clicked on Tuesday, two days before his death, when he officially appointed Liz Truss as Britain’s new prime minister. It was clicked by photographer Jen Barlow.
Dressed in a plaid skirt, gray cardigan and light blue button-down, the queen is seen smiling for the camera. The symbolic ceremony took place at the Balmoral Retreat in the Scottish Highlands, as the Queen was deemed unfit to return to London due to ill health.
Buckingham Palace said on Monday: “The Queen received the right Honorable Elizabeth Truss MP in the audience today and requested her to form a new administration.”
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If this turns out to be his last public photo, it’s a pretty sweet pic pic.twitter.com/CtalA8AR4a
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On Thursday evening, a notice was posted at the gate of Buckingham Palace which read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will be at Balmoral this evening and return to London tomorrow.
Charles, 73, became monarch shortly after his mother’s death on Thursday, following which tributes poured in from around the world.
Church bells will ring at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle among other places, and Union flags will be flown at half-mast during 10 days of mourning in Britain.
Ms Truss and other senior ministers are set to attend a public remembrance service in St Paul, while the UK Parliament will begin a two-day special tribute.