Hundreds of people queued outside Windsor Castle in southern England on Thursday to be the first to visit Queen Elizabeth II’s grave.
The Queen of England died on September 8 of old age, according to a death certificate published Thursday.
Windsor Castle is the burial place of the queen and her late husband, Prince Phillip. The castle opened to the public on Thursday for the first time since the queen’s death.
Many residents wanted to visit the tomb of the queen, who ruled Britain the longest. The tomb is marked by a hand-carved Belgian black marble slab inside the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is part of St. John’s Chapel. George at Windsor Castle. The queen’s name is inscribed on a large stone inlaid with brass letters, next to the names of her husband, mother and father.
Grace Gotharg and Anne Daley were part of the crowd lining up Thursday. They had camped overnight on the banks of the River Thames two weeks ago to be the first in line to see Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as it rests at Westminster Hall. The two ensured that they were also the first in line to visit Queen Elizabeth II’s final resting place.
Visitors to the chapel must purchase a ticket to Windsor Castle. Prices for adults are 26.50 pounds ($28.75) for Sunday through Friday, and 28.50 pounds for Saturdays. [ka/rs]