Queen’s death: ‘Absolutely certain’ Elizabeth hid a secret battle for the final engagement

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It was to be her last engagement.

Queen Elizabeth swore in her 15th British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, on September 6 with the same smile she had beamed to the world for decades.

Now a royal expert has revealed that “something was up” during the 96-year-old’s final appearance.

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Speaking to Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch, royal editor Rob Jobson said insiders had whispered after the Queen was pictured with a nasty bruise on her hand.

“Obviously something is coming,” Jobson said of the final image captured by photographers.

“There was a question of whether she would be able to listen to Miss Truss, that’s what I heard, but she was adamant that she would do it and she did.”

Britain has a new Prime Minister in Liz Truss, who met with the Queen to formally assume the role. Credit: AP

While the Queen looked as smart and put together as ever – with a light gray cardigan resting gracefully on top of a blue blouse with a matching tartan skirt and her glasses poised perfectly on the tip of her nose – all was not well.

Daily Mirror Royal Editor Russell Myers told Sunrise that the Queen suffered behind closed doors.

“Unfortunately, her mobility issues had increased in recent weeks and stopped her ability to get out as much,” Myers said.

“Absolutely determined that she would welcome Miss Truss as her 15th Prime Minister, she had a busy schedule that day.

“People, I’ve talked to people who saw her that Tuesday and said she was still bright-eyed and she was still smiling about getting on with the job.

“Unfortunately, it seems to have taken a lot out of her and has led us to this extremely sad day.”

British journalist Robert Jobson comments on the Queen’s death. Credit: Sunrise

Bruised hands

Both British journalists commented on how frail Her Majesty appeared in the photos, with Kochie pointing to her “swollen ankles”.

At the end of last year, a similar photograph with a purple tint on the Queen’s hands also raised health concerns, but at the time Prince Charles – now King Charles – was quick to deny all rumours.

“She’s fine, thank you very much,” he replied when a reporter wished the Queen well.

“When you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be. It’s bad enough at 73.”

Queen Elizabeth II receives General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defense Staff, during an audience in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on November 17. Credit: Getty

Dedication

Jobson and Myers both agreed that the final known photograph is an honest reminder of the Queen’s dedication to service.

“That photograph was a great photograph of her in that room,” Jobson said.

“I know she was standing with a stick and she looked very frail, there’s no doubt about that.

“But she had that twinkle in her eye and she was still determined to carry on … it’s that cheeky twinkle in her eye.

“We’re lucky to have her – God Save The Queen – and I think that basically sums it up

The Queen joined loved ones on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping The Color ceremony in June 2015. Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“We were very fortunate to have someone of her stature, her character, her dignity and her grace, and I think she served all the countries she was queen of with great compassion, and I think that a lot of people loved her for that.”

“70 years in the making, never to be repeated I’m sure, and the lives she’s touched cannot be quantified at this stage,” Myers said.

Natalie Barr added: “She said she wanted to serve for life and she absolutely did.”

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