New photo of the Queen sparks concern: 'Alarming'

Royal watchers have responded to a new photo of the Queen meeting NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, describing it as 'alarming'.

In the photo, Her Majesty meets the retired judge for a rare face-to-face meeting without her walking stick.

The Queen and NSW Governor Margaret Beazley
A royal commentator has described a new photo of the Queen as 'alarming', saying Her Majesty's appearance is 'concerning'. Photo: Getty

The Queen is wearing a similar dress to the one she wore to meet former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison almost exactly a year ago in 2021, but she looks quite different.


In a piece for NewsCorp, royal expert Daniela Elser shared that the Queen's "concerning appearance" was "striking" in comparison to the photos taken with ScoMo.

The Queen with Scott Morrison
The Queen pictured in a similar dress with Scott Morrison just one year prior, looking very different. Photo: Getty

"The difference is truly startling," she wrote. "In the intervening 12 months, Her Majesty would appear to have become markedly more stooped, much thinner and overall appears to have shrunk."

Elsewhere in the piece, she described it as "alarming".

Prince William and Kate to take on more responsibility

Prince William and Kate
With Prince William turning 40 this week, it is believed he is assuming a more central role in the royal family. Photo: Getty

With Prince William turning 40 this week, it is believed he is assuming a more central role in the royal family with the Queen handing down more responsibilities to Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge.

This was made clear when William took on more of a central role during the Platinum Jubilee where he spoke of his grandmother's 70 years on the throne.

"Tonight has been full of such optimism and joy — and there is hope," he said as photos of wildlife was projected onto the walls behind him. "Together, if we harness the very best of humankind, and restore our planet, we will protect it for our children, for our grandchildren and for future generations to come."

William wrote in an article for the Big Issue that he wants to "continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue".

"And while I may seem like one of the most unlikely advocates for this cause, I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling," he wrote. "I plan to do that now I’m turning 40, even more than I have in the past."

According to the ABC, royal expert Pauline Maclaran, author of Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture says William is keen to show "how he will treat things differently" when it's his turn on the throne after his father.

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