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The funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking in pictures


By Paul Brackley


The funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge. Picture: Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent
The funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge. Picture: Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent

How Cambridge said farewell to the world-famous theoretical physicist

Professor Stephen Hawking in March 2015. Picture: Andre Pattenden
Professor Stephen Hawking in March 2015. Picture: Andre Pattenden

It was a day or mourning, but also a celebration of a remarkable life.

The funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking was held at Great St Mary’s, the University of Cambridge church, on Saturday March 31, and was attended by about 500 people.

Stars including Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Dara O’Briain, Charlotte Hawkins and Brian May were among the celebrities inside the church.

A huge crowd gathered to pay their respects, breaking into spontaneous applause at one point.

The choir arrive for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography

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The choir arrive for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography A former nurse of Prof Hawking Viv Riches, left, in tears at the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Charlotte Hawkins arrives for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Charlotte Hawkins and Dara OBriain leave the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Charlotte Hawkins arrives for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Dara OBriain arrives for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Crowds watch as the funeral cortege of Professor Stephen Hawking arrives at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Crowds watch as the funeral cortege of Professor Stephen Hawking arrives. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Crowds watch as the funeral cortege of Professor Stephen Hawking arrives. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Actress Felicity Jones, who played Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and her partner Charles Guard arrive for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Lily Cole talks to Eddie Redmayne at the funeral of Prof Stephen Hawking in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Lily Cole leaves the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Lily Cole leaves the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Lily Cole arrives for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Actor Eddie Redmayne arrives at the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church, Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Actor Eddie Redmayne arrives at the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church, Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Actor Eddie Redmayne arrives at the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church, Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Academics arrive for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Brian May and Anita Dobson arrives for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography The coffin of Prof Stephen Hawking arrives at Great St Marys Church. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography College porters arriving at the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Lucy Hawking arriving at the funeral service of her father Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Robert Hawking, centre, at the funeral service of his father Professor Stephen Hawking in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Tim Hawking leaves the funeral of his father Professor Stephen Hawking at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Lucy Hawking arriving at the funeral service of her father Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Jane Hawking and her son Tim arriving at the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography The hearse arrives at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography The coffin of Prof Stephen Hawking arrives at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Brian May and Anita Dobson arrives for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography Brian May and Anita Dobson arrives for the funeral service of Professor Stephen Hawking. Picture: Geoff Robinson Photography The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge. Picture: Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Family members make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Brian May and his wife, Anita Dobson make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The choir make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge prepare to carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, carry the coffin out from church after the service. Picture: Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin out from church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Family members leave the church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge.. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Family members leave the church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge.. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent Actor Eddie Redmayne leaves Great St Marys Cgurch after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests leave the church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Crowds line the streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Crowds line the streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Crowds line the streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Lily Cole makes her way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Crowds line the streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge prepare to carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent Crowds line the streets for the funeral of Prof Stephen Hawking. Picture: Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge prepare to carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge prepare to carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Crowds line the streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Picture: Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The funeral procession makes its way to the church along crowd lined streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Family members make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Family members make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Crowds line the streets. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin out from church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - College porters from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge carry the coffin out from church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Family members leave the church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests leave the church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests leave the church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests leave the church after the service. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge. Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - Invited guests make their way into church. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent The Funeral of Stephen Hawking at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge - The Media were out in force for the funeral. Credit - Richard Marsham/Cambridge Independent Prof Stephen Hawkings funeral is carried into Great St Marys Church. Picture: Sir Cam Prof Stephen Hawkings funeral at Great St Marys Church in Cambridge. Picture: Sir Cam Gonville & Caius College porters carry the coffin of Prof Stephen Hawking into Great St Marys Church. Picture: Sir Cam

Our photographer captured unique images from Gonville & Caius College, where Prof Hawking was a fellow for 52 years.

Prof Hawking, who was given two years to live when diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21, died at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge on March 14.

His theories on black holes, Hawking radiation, the multiverse and singularities have been hugely influential.

Prof Hawking also had an ability to inspire, with his book A Brief History of Time selling 10 million copies.

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