The royal family is under fire over news that it will cost mourners nearly $30 to visit Queen Elizabeth II’s grave.
Her Majesty was buried last week in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is in the grounds of Windsor Castle, about an hour’s drive west of London.
The castle is normally open to tourists five days a week – but was temporarily closed to the public after the death of the Queen on September 8th.
However, on Thursday the Royal Collection Trust announced the grounds of the castle had reopened to visitors – but visitors wishing to pay their respects to the late monarch would not forego their usual ticket prices.
The Trust – one of the five departments of the royal household and responsible for managing the public openings of official royal residences – charges £26.50 ($29.50) for an adult ticket Sunday through Thursday and £28.50 ($31.75 ) for an adult ticket on a Saturday.
Prices are cheaper for those under 18, but that hasn’t stopped some from beating the royals over the “eye-watering” fee.
“I don’t believe it,” one mourner raged on Twitter. “Apparently it costs £26.50… to visit the Queen’s Tomb. Who on earth thought it was right to goof off the public like that when they showed such grief over their deaths? Stealing money from a very rich crowd of people.”
Another claimed the price was exorbitant compared to other historic sites. Write: “For the price they charge to visit the late Queen’s tomb, you can get an all-inclusive ticket to Versailles, the palace, gardens and temporary art exhibitions, and have enough spare change to grab a coffee.” !“
Meanwhile, another critic claimed it was insensitive to charge British mourners such a large amount of money to show their respects, especially as the country grapples with a “cost of living crisis”.
“That could literally be someone’s weekly budget to support their family!” they cried.
High ticket prices have not kept the crowds at bay, however, as long lines of mourners were seen outside Windsor Castle after Thursday’s reopening.
The Queen is buried alongside her husband and parents, and visitors can see a new ledger stone marking her grave.
According to The Royal Collection Trust, ticket revenue “contributes to the care and maintenance of the Royal Collection and to promoting access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities”.
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