With White 'Universe' Lilies, Stephen Hawking Gets His Final Farewell In UK

With White 'Universe' Lilies, Stephen Hawking Gets His Final Farewell In UK

On Saturday (31.03.18), hundreds of fans lined the streets of Cambridge to watch the funeral precession for the late scientist, as he was taken to the Church of St. Mary the Great for a formal ceremony.

Redmayne played Hawking in the 2014 biopic The Theory of Everything, winning an Oscar for his portrayal of the world renowned scientist.

According to the Associated Press, Nearly 500 guests attended Hawking's funeral, including Astronomer Royal Martin Reese.

The church bell tolled 76 times, once for each year of Prof Hawking's life, as the solid oak coffin adorned with floral tributes arrived in a hearse.

Dr. Hawking, who suffered from motor neuron disease, was known for his groundbreaking research into black holes and other phenomena.

"I, like many who knew and loved him, had come to think of him as immortal and our sorrow is tinged with a feeling of disbelief that he is no longer here".

Queen guitarist Brian May, model Lily Cole, comic Dara O Briain and United States film producer Barbara Broccoli, known for the James Bond movies, were among the mourners.

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Stephen Hawking passed away earlier in March at the age of 76. "So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life", they said.

"Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years.

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

The publication also reports that Stephen's final resting place will be interred at Westminster Abbey between fellow scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

The world was shocked last month when Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, issued a statement confirming his death.

He shared his insights on the universe, black holes, gravity and more in his accessibly written 1988 bestseller "A Brief History of Time", which earned him an global reputation. He was among the first celebrities to publicly share their condolences for Hawking's death, telling People, "We have lost a truly handsome mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet".

But he was also a global star - his 1988 book "A Brief History of Time" was an unlikely worldwide bestseller, and he appeared as himself in television shows from "The Simpsons" to "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

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