Here’s one we faked earlier! Portrait of late Queen Elizabeth II with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and taken by Kate Middleton was ALSO badly Photoshopped – picture agency labels image ‘digitally enhanced at source’

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  • Getty Images says the phot taken at Balmoral was ‘digitally enhanced at source’ 

A photo of the late Queen Elizabeth II with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was also manipulated, a picture agency has revealed. 

The portrait taken at Balmoral in August 2022 shows the late monarch posing with two of her grandchildren and eight great grandchildren – and was taken just weeks before her death by Kate Middleton. 

It was released by Buckingham Palace on April 21 last year to mark what would have been her 97th birthday.

Global picture agency Getty Images now says the heartwarming image was ‘digitally enhanced at source’ having undertaken a review following the recent fallout from the Princess of Wales editing a Mother’s Day photo of herself with her three children. 

Several discrepancies, which include the line of the late Queen’s tartan skirt not matching, have been picked up by eagle-eyed members of the public. 

A photo of the late Queen Elizabeth II with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was also manipulated, Getty images has said

1. Black section behind Prince George

2. Charlotte's dress pattern repeated

1. Black section behind Prince George (left) and 2. Charlotte’s dress pattern repeated (right)

The green Chesterfield sofa appears to have been spliced together, while there are black patches visible behind Princes George and Louis, suggesting the area has been edited, reported The Telegraph.

In the snap the late monarch 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 sofa and wearing tartan at her beloved Aberdeenshire home. 

A spokesman for Getty Images said: ‘Getty Images has reviewed the image in question and placed an editor’s note on it, stating that the image has been digitally enhanced at source.’ 

Suspicions were first raised about the portrait last year by tech CEO Christopher Bouzy who said he believed it had been photoshopped. 

It will be further embarrassment for Kate, who was said to be ‘very distressed by the fallout’ of her Mother’s Day photo, according to the Mail’s royal editor Rebecca English.

Earlier this month the picture was released by Kensington Palace in what was seen as a bid to quash vicious conspiracy theories that had been swirling on social media about the Princess’ health after not being publicly seen since before her planned abdominal surgery in January.   

Several of the world’s top news agencies took the extraordinary step to issue a ‘kill’ notice of the keen amateur photographer’s photo over claims it had been ‘manipulated’.

3. Digital repetition in Mia Tindall's hair

4. An area of the sofa where a button appears to have been cloned

3. Digital repetition in Mia Tindall’s hair (left) and 4. An area of the sofa where a button appears to have been cloned

5. The sofa appears to have been spliced together

6. Mismatched pattern on Queen's skirt

5. The sofa appears to have been spliced together (left) and 6. Mismatched pattern on Queen’s skirt (right)

7. Louis appears superimposed

8. A discrepancy spotted in Savannah Phillips' hair

7. Louis appears superimposed (left) and 8. A discrepancy spotted in Savannah Phillips’ hair (right)

9. A small section of black in Savannah Phillips' hair

10. Another area of the sofa where lines don't appear to match

9. A small section of black in Savannah Phillips’ hair (left) and 10. Another area of the sofa where lines don’t appear to match (right)

11. Unnatural shading on green sofa

12. Cable appears 'cut'

11. Unnatural shading on green sofa (left) 12. Cable appears ‘cut’ (right)

It comes after Kate, who is currently recovering from abdominal surgery, was spotted with William looking 'happy, healthy and relaxed' at The Windsor Farm Shop (pictured)

It comes after Kate, who is currently recovering from abdominal surgery, was spotted with William looking ‘happy, healthy and relaxed’ at The Windsor Farm Shop (pictured)

The couple are said to have visited the farm having watched their their three children - George, 10, Charlotte, eight, and Louis, five - take part in sports. Pictured: Kate with Louis and Charlotte in May 2023

The couple are said to have visited the farm having watched their their three children – George, 10, Charlotte, eight, and Louis, five – take part in sports. Pictured: Kate with Louis and Charlotte in May 2023

William and Kate were spotted leaving Windsor for Westminster Abbey to attend The Commonwealth Day Service last Monday. She has now been seen four times in a fortnight

William and Kate were spotted leaving Windsor for Westminster Abbey to attend The Commonwealth Day Service last Monday. She has now been seen four times in a fortnight

It prompted Kate to issue a statement on X hours later in which she said: ‘Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. 

‘I wanted to  express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused.

‘I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day. C.’ 

It comes after an ‘incredibly happy’ Kate was pictured by a member of the public on Saturday visiting the Windsor Farm Shop with her husband William, 41, a short drive from their Berkshire home.

Looking healthy, happy and relaxed, the princess carries her own shopping bag and laughingly chats with her husband as the pair exit the shop and return to their car, according to the image published by The Sun.

Kate and William were not accompanied by their three children, Prince George, ten, Princess Charlotte, eight, and five-year-old Prince Louis.

The couple have, in recent weeks, been left deeply distressed by wild social media speculation and gossip about Kate’s health and whereabouts.

However body language expert Judi James said tonight that Kate’s behaviour was a masterclass in ‘quashing all the toxic rumours’.

She told MailOnline: ‘It is completely stunning to see the most sought-after woman in the world and the subject of speculation and rumours on social media suddenly appearing like this looking not just healthy, full of energy and incredibly happy but also making no apparent attempt to hide while out in public. 

Five picture agencies around the world took taken the extraordinary step of killing the Mother's Day photo of Princess Kate

Five picture agencies around the world took taken the extraordinary step of killing the Mother’s Day photo of Princess Kate

The Mother's Day portrait was edited by the Princess of Wales to make the perfect family shot. But conspiracy theorists have used it to question everything about Kate's health

The Mother’s Day portrait was edited by the Princess of Wales to make the perfect family shot. But conspiracy theorists have used it to question everything about Kate’s health

Charlotte's hair seems to end abruptly on her shoulder on her right despite her hair on the left going on for a few inches

Charlotte’s hair seems to end abruptly on her shoulder on her right despite her hair on the left going on for a few inches

Kate's zip appears to be misaligned on the photo as the top of it is further left and appears significantly lighter than the rest of the zip

Kate’s zip appears to be misaligned on the photo as the top of it is further left and appears significantly lighter than the rest of the zip

It appears Charlotte's hand was copied over from another picture as there is an empty space where her sleeve should be

It appears Charlotte’s hand was copied over from another picture as there is an empty space where her sleeve should be

The corner of Charlotte's skirt was pointed out as another 'editing error' by social media sleuths

The corner of Charlotte’s skirt was pointed out as another ‘editing error’ by social media sleuths

‘Kate walks ahead of William here, taking large enough strides to suggest no hint of any ongoing frailty. While William keeps his face partially hidden under his cap and his head lowered, Kate’s body language here suggests a desire to be seen.

‘Her head is up and her long hair is billowing while she wears a cheek-rounded smile that seems to signal she is completely upbeat and cheerful.

‘This is quite extraordinary body language behaviour for a leading royal out “incognito” in public and it suggests a point is, quite naturally, being made in terms of reassuring fans and quashing all the toxic rumours.’

Sources close to the Wales’ have told the Mail they have found the speculation hugely hurtful and hard to deal with, but were determined to focus on what was important to them – their family and the princess’ recovery.

It is anticipated that the new image, showing the couple going about their normal lives, will go some way to calming many of the wilder rumours that have gripped people across the globe.

The snap was taken at 12.43pm on Saturday by a member of the public who was also at the farm shop, just a mile’s drive from the Wales’ Adelaide Cottage home, on their Apple iPhone 12 Pro phone.

The person concerned said they were visiting the shop to ‘kill time’ while on the way to meet someone to buy an item from Facebook when they recognised William and Kate and were struck by how ‘happy’ they looked. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales's annual Christmas card image with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, also appeared to have a Photoshop fail

The Prince and Princess of Wales’s annual Christmas card image with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, also appeared to have a Photoshop fail 

Last April Mr Bouzy described the photograph of the late Queen as ‘beautiful’ on X. 

Calling on people to ‘stop criticising’ snap, he added: ‘Yes, they Photoshopped it, and so what? It isn’t easy to get the perfect photo with 10 children. It appears they took multiple shots and then edited the photo to make it perfect. I would’ve done the same.’

In a later tweet about the snap, which was shared on the official social media accounts of The Prince and Princess of Wales, he wrote: ‘You can literally see where two sides of the sofa were spliced together, and there are pixels on the face that were not properly edited.

‘As I stated in my original tweet, I don’t see anything wrong with it. But to claim it’s not Photoshopped is false. It’s been edited.’

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