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Sept. 30, 2022, 7:56 a.m. EDT

The queen died of old age, newly released death certificate reveals

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LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II died of old age, according to her death certificate, released on Thursday.

The death certificate of the 96-year-old monarch was published by National Records of Scotland on Thursday. It records that Elizabeth, who reigned for 70 years, died at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland, on Sept. 8 at 3:10 p.m. The document was signed by the queen’s daughter, Princess Anne.

See: Here’s what to know about Balmoral Castle, the Scottish estate where the Queen died

The New York Times observed that the recorded time of death suggested that none of the members of the royal family who rushed to Balmoral upon news of her dire condition arrived in time to see her before she died. Princess Anne and Prince Charles, now King Charles III, were already in Scotland.

In London, meanwhile, hundreds lined up outside Windsor Castle for the chance to pay final respects to the queen as the chapel where she was buried opened to the public for the first time.

Many want to visit the tomb of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch . It is marked by a slab of hand-carved Belgian black marble inside the King George VI Memorial Chapel, part of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The queen’s name is inscribed on the ledger stone in brass letter inlays, alongside the names of her husband, mother and father.

Among the early arrivals was Anne Daley, 65, from Cardiff, Wales, who got to the castle at 7:30 a.m., well ahead of the 10 a.m. opening time. She was also one of the first in line as tens of thousands of people shuffled through Westminster Hall over four days to see the queen’s lying in state before her funeral.

Daley said she felt emotional thinking about the monarch’s death on Sept. 8, as well as that of her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year .

“The castle feels like empty, gloomy. Nobody’s living in it. You know, you’ve lost the queen, you’ve lost the duke, you lost the corgis,” Daly said, referring to Elizabeth’s beloved dogs. “It’s like when you’ve sold your house and all the history is gone.”

See: ‘My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service’: Queen Elizabeth, longest-reigning British monarch, is dead at 96

To visit the chapel, royal fans have to buy a ticket to Windsor Castle. The price for adults is 26.50 pounds ($28.75) Sunday through Friday, and 28.50 on Saturdays.

The memorial chapel sits within the walls of St. George’s Chapel, where many members of the royal family are buried. It has also been the venue for several royal weddings, including the marriage of Prince Harry to the former Meghan Markle in 2018.

MarketWatch contributed.

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