Stephen Hawking died on March 14 at his home at Cambridge. His funeral service is scheduled to be held on March 31 at the Great St Mary’s Church where his ashes will be interred at the Westminster Abbey alongside distinguished scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. His funeral will be joined by his family and elite members of the science community as well as other personalities, however, those people who decided to attend the service to be held on upcoming Saturday, there is a bad news. According to a tweet posted by Great St Mary’s Church, the funeral service scheduled on March 31 for Stephen Hawking will be a private service which means, mourners who aren’t granted access will have to congregate outside the University’s church during the service.
The tweet reads: “Professor Stephen Hawkings’s funeral on Saturday will be private service conducted by @CaiusCollege. We apologize that we will not be able to admit members of the public to this service”. The funeral service is being conducted by Caius College where professor Hawking spent more than 52 years of his life as a fellow professor and he had earlier expressed the likeness towards the Cambridge College.
The funeral service will commence at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 31, where family, friends, and colleagues are invited while the members of the public will have to pay their tribute to one of the great minds of the 21st century outside the church. According to the itinerary, a reception will be held post-funeral at the Trinity College which is in nearby and that too will be a private affair.
Condolence books are available online as well as at the Gonville and Caius College where a considerable amount of people have stepped in after the death of Stephen Hawking. Many people have already posted their messages in the condolence book giving their tribute to the late scientist.