Kensington Palace Release Touching Unseen Photo Of Queen On Her 97th Birthday
Kensington Palace has published an unseen photograph of Queen Elizabeth II – taken shortly before her death – and released on what would have been Her Majesty’s 97th birthday today.
The picture of the monarch was captured by the Princess of Wales at Balmoral in August – weeks before Britain and the Commonwealth lost its Queen.
Happy in the Scottish Highlands she so loved, Her Majesty is surrounded by some of her adored grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She appeared in her element with Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, James, Earl of Wessex, Lena Tindall, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips, Prince Louis, Mia Tindall, Lucas Tindall and Savannah Phillips.
All the children are smiling sweetly as they surround the Queen, who was sitting between them on a Chesterfield sofa and wearing tartan at her beloved Aberdeenshire home.
Poignantly, weeks later on September 8, Her Majesty would die peacefully at Balmoral, sparking mourning in the UK and around the globe.
The impromptu portrait was taken at the castle by keen amateur photographer Kate during the annual family gathering in August, shortly before the Queen passed away.
Queen Elizabeth had eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren at the time of her death.