The instant they went on sale, they became the most sought-after tickets in Britain admittance to view, from a respectful distance across water, the shady island that is the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Two hundred-twenty phone operators began selling the tickets Monday morning and quickly were overwhelmed. Only the luckiest callers got through, placing orders for up to six tickets each at $15.60 apiece for adults, $11.50 for senior citizens and $8.20 for children. Nearly 10,000 sold in the first hours.
The plan is to admit about 2,500 people per day, starting on July 1, Diana’s birthday, and ending on Aug. 30, the eve of the anniversary of her death.
Diana was interred privately Sept. 6 at Althorp Park, the 500-acre estate the Spencer family has occupied since 1508.
For a chance at tickets, U.S. callers can dial 011-44-1604-592020.
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