Royal hoax call nurse's funeral

The funeral of the nurse who killed herself after a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated has taken place in her home town in India.

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Mourners fill church for royal prank call nurse's funeral

The funeral is being held for the nurse who was found dead after becoming the victim of a prank call at the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated.

The Our Lady of Health Church in Shriva in south-west India was packed with mourners, including Jacintha Saldanha's husband and children.

The priest and other Church officials conduct the ceremony Credit: Reuters
Jacintha's coffin was decorated with tropical flowers and a portrait of her Credit: Reuters

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Nurse's husband makes preparations for funeral

Benedict Barboza, the husband of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, has been making the final preparations for his wife's funeral in Shriva near Mangalore, south-west India.

He spoke to the priest at the Our Lady of Health Church before touring the graveyard.

Benedict Barboza (2nd from L) tours the graveyard Credit: APTN
TV crews film Mr Barboza's arrival at the Our Lady of Health Church Credit: APTN

Funeral to take place for royal nurse

The funeral of the nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge will take place in India today.

Jacintha Saldanha Credit: Facebook

46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha was found hanging in her nurses' quarters at London's King Edward VII's Hospital on December 7. Her family have flown to her home country for the funeral, which will take place at Our Lady of Health Church in the town of Shirva, Karnataka at 10.30am UK time.

Body of royal hoax nurse on way to India

The body of royal hoax nurse Jacintha Saldanha is due to arrive in Mangalore on the west coast of India today ahead of tomorrow's funeral.

Local Indian MP Jayprakash Hegde told the Associated Press on Saturday, "The body is coming tomorrow [Sunday] to Mangalore, [the] day after tomorrow is the funeral in Shirva it seems".

Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged following a hoax call from two Australian DJs Credit: Facebook

It comes a day after Ms Saldanha's family gave an emotional tribute outside Westminster Cathedral following a memorial mass in her honour.

Ms Saldanha's son, Junal, and daughter, Lisha, said her death had left "an unfillable void", while her husband, Benedict Barboza, called the nurse "the light of my darkness".

Police in Mangalore, near Shirva where Ms Saldanha's funeral will be held, told AFP her body would be accompanied by her husband and children.

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Children 'shattered' by death of royal nurse

The children of royal nurse Jacintha Saldanha have paid tribute to her in the order of service:

Our mother, kind hearted, generous and a well respected woman in both of our lives. You were the core of the family who kept us together. In times of difficulty you showed us the way forward to happiness and success.

Your priority for us was a good education and a bright future. You taught us right from wrong which we appreciate. You worked tirelessly to give us everything that we have today. When we achieved good grades and merit, your pat on our backs encouraged us more.

We will miss your laughter, the loving memories and the good times we had together. The house is an empty dwelling without your presence. We are shattered and there's an unfillable void in our lives. We love you Mum, Sleep in peace and please watch over us until we meet again in heaven. We will always love you and keep you close to our heart.

– A Tribute from Junal and Lisha in the order of service
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