People hoping to pay their respects at Stephen Hawking’s funeral will not be allowed to attend the service.
The beloved physicist’s funeral, taking place at Great St Mary’s Church on Saturday, March 31 will be a private service, the church has confirmed.
Mourners across the city will instead need to congregate outside the University’s church on the day.
The church is just a stone’s throw away from Gonville and Caius, the Cambridge College where Prof Hawking was a fellow for more than 52 years.
Prof Hawking died on March 14 at his home in Cambridge.
Family, friends and colleagues are being invited to the private service, taking place at 2pm on Saturday, March 31.
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Prof Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said they had chosen to hold the funeral in Cambridge as it is “the city that he loved so much and which loved him.”
A private reception will be held afterwards at Trinity College, also close by.
In a statement, released last week, Prof Hawking’s children said: “On behalf of our whole family we want to express our huge gratitude for all the wonderful tributes to our father and to those who have sent us messages of condolence.
“Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city. For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him.”
They added: “Our father’s life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life.
Several thousand people have visited Gonville & Caius College since Professor Hawking’s death to sign a book of condolence.
This and an online version of the book contain thousands of heartfelt messages from well-wishers all over the world.