The Queen’s latest photo just got even more poignant

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, hours after Buckingham Palace released a statement saying doctors had been concerned about her health. At around 6:30pm London time, the Palace announced the Queen’s tragic death. “The Queen died peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” read the statement, which accompanied a black-and-white photograph of the Queen.

The very last photos of the Queen were taken two days before her death and one was shared on the royal family’s official Instagram account. The Queen appeared frail when she met Liz Truss and formally appointed Truss Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. The Queen wore a plaid skirt with a collared shirt and tan sweater. Her hair was curled in her signature style and she wore her pearl earrings. She held a stick in one hand and shook Truss’s hand with the other.

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According to the New York Post, Truss was invited to Balmoral, where she attended an inauguration ceremony. These final pictures of the Queen show that she carried out her royal duties until she was unable to.

Shortly after the Queen’s death was confirmed, Prince Minister Truss released a statement. “Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built,” she wrote in a post on her Instagram feed. “In the difficult days ahead, we will gather with our friends in the UK, Commonwealth and around the world to celebrate their extraordinary lifetime service,” she continued, calling September 8 a “day of great loss.”

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