Photographer describes 'frail but smiley' Queen during last official photograph

The Queen was “frail” but in “good spirits” when PA photographer Jane Barlow took the last public pictures of her. She had been dispatched to Balmoral to capture the moment when the monarch met the new prime minister, formally appointing Liz Truss to her new role. While waiting for the Conservative leader to arrive at the Queen’s Highland retreat, Barlow took some portraits. In true British style there was small talk about the weather, with dark skies and heavy rain overhead for much of the day. But Barlow, who has been a staff photographer with the PA news agency in Scotland for six years, said of the Queen: “I got a lot of smiles from her.” Ms Truss was then formally announced and came into the room, “and she greeted her with a big smile”.