I'd say on the contrary.
Princess is approaching the palace. All guards are sitting in ranks and files, eyes forward, heads up. Then a few of them notice something is not right. Their princess has the hair unmade, her steps are staggering... They charge forward before even realizing why, swords out by reflex. "Who was it? Where? Who did this to you, Mylady?"
The artist captured the very moment before first words.
Another picture, published a while ago:pre07.deviantart.net/ed03/th/p…