A royal photographer says the last pictures he ever took of Queen Elizabeth II and her great-grandson Prince Louis were spontaneous

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Queen Elizabeth II and her great-grandson Prince Louis at Trooping the Colour 2022.Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
  • Royal photographer Samir Hussein shared the final photos he took of Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Hussein captured the late Queen and Prince Louis at the Trooping the Colour parade in June.

  • He said it was a "lovely, spontaneous royal photo" due to Louis' reactions to the flypast.

Royal photographer Samir Hussein reflected on the final photos he ever took of Queen Elizabeth II, saying they were spontaneous.

Hussein often photographs the royal family on overseas tours and at official engagements in the UK. He was in attendance at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June — commemorating the monarch's 70 years on the throne — which ended up being the final time he photographed the Queen.

Speaking with Insider after the Queen's death in September, Hussein said one of the last photos he took of the Queen was at Trooping the Colour, the monarch's birthday parade in London, which also commemorated the Platinum Jubilee.

"The last time I photographed Queen Elizabeth II was at the Jubilee celebrations in June. As it turned out, this would be her last big farewell to the UK and I am so pleased I was able to photograph her at such a joyous occasion and she was able to witness it all," Hussein told Insider.

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Queen Elizabeth II and her great-grandson Prince Louis on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 2.Samir Hussein/Getty Images

"The Queen's appearances were limited, but her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace produced some classic royal photos," Hussein said, adding that his favorite final photo was of the Queen and her great-grandson Prince Louis.

Louis, 4, is Prince William and Kate Middleton's youngest son. He stood next to the Queen as the family watched the Jubilee flypast over Buckingham Palace on June 2, and his reactions — including waving and covering his ears — amused royal fans across the world.

"This was my standout photo from the Queen's Jubilee celebrations this summer. The reaction of Prince Louis to the flypast is very amusing and the Queen smiling, taking it all in her stride just makes the photo," Hussein said. "A lovely, spontaneous royal photo to capture."

The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral Castle on September 8, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace announced at the time. She was 96.

Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, walked in the procession at the Queen's funeral on September 19.

Although Louis was not present at the ceremony, the Princess of Wales previously shared details of his reaction to the monarch's death to well-wishers during a public walkabout outside of Windsor Castle earlier this month.

"My little Louis is just so sweet," Kate told the crowd. "He was like, 'Mummy, don't worry. She's now with great-grandpa.'"

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