Elizabeth II weakened: this instruction given to a photographer who fears the worst
Can Elizabeth II’s health be more worrying than we think? During the tribute ceremony to Prince Felipe, on March 29, the photographer had to respect a strange prohibition.
An image not to be seen? For the first time in months, and while her health deteriorates considerably, Elizabeth II has been seen in public. On March 29, Her Majesty attended the service for her late husband, Prince Philip, at Westminster. Accompanied by her son Andrés de ella, the monarch helped herself with a cane to reach her seat, from which she honored the memory of the Duke of Edinburgh. For this ceremony, which was attended by most members of the British Crown, Buckingham Palace had everything planned. Especially the media coverage. Because only one photographer was authorized to enter the interior of the abbey. “I was with two smiling and pleasant press officers from Buckingham Palace, with whom I had worked before”said Richard Pohle in the columns of the Times.
According to Richard Pohle, Isabel II’s entourage prohibited her from taking photos at a very specific moment of the service. “I was told that I would not be able to photograph the Queen’s entrance until I was given permission.” he continued, lamenting that the BBC was able to broadcast the entire ceremony. “Palace officials have been adamant, no photos until she is seated.” assured. Does this ban suggest that the Palace would like to hide Elizabeth II’s state of health? Richard Pohle made no assumptions. And he finally managed to photograph her arrival, when he appeared on the arm of Prince Andrew, but persona non grata within the royal family. “I told them, ‘I absolutely need to photograph this,’ he continued. The queen’s arrival was now the main news event.”
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“I saw them doubt but they repeated that the order not to take photos ‘came from above’ and ‘was not up to them,'” the photographer reassured. Finally, he was able to capture the arrival of Elizabeth II on the arm of Prince Andrew.. And this revealing scene has long been talked about across the English Channel. It must be said that with this gesture, Elizabeth II joins the controversy in which Sarah Ferguson’s ex-husband has been submerged for months. “The Queen made one of the most controversial body language gestures of her entire reign, body language expert Judi James analyzed in the Mirror columns. After walking down the aisle arm in arm with Andrew, she stopped in front of the eyes of the world to smile and thank him before taking her seat at her husband’s funeral.”