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Funeral of Stephen Hawking to be held in Cambridge on Easter Saturday

Stephen Hawking's funeral will be held in Cambridge on Easter Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking will be held in Cambridge on Easter Saturday, his family have announced.

The renowned physicist was mourned across the world after his death last week at the age of 76.

His funeral will take place at Great St Mary’s, the University Church in Cambridge.

The church is just a stone’s throw from Gonville & Caius, the Cambridge College where Professor Hawking was a fellow for over 52 years.

Family, friends and colleagues are being invited to the private service, taking place at 2pm on March 31st.

Professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said they had chosen to hold the funeral in Cambridge in recognition that it is “the city that he loved so much and which loved him”.

"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. 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.

"We would like to thank Gonville & Caius College, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge for their assistance with our father’s funeral service."

– Professor Hawking's children
Thousands have signed a book of condolence at Prof Hawking's old Cambridge college. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In tribute to the fact that both religious and non-religious people had been affected by Prof Hawking's work, the service will be “both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life”.

A private reception will be held afterwards at Trinity College.

Several thousand people have visited Gonville & Caius since Professor Hawking’s death to sign a book of condolence.

An online version of the book also contains thousands of heartfelt messages from well-wishers all over the world.