Stephen Hawking’s final gift to the world: Legendary physicist brings his fans to tears as he pays for a massive Easter meal for fifty homeless people in Cambridge on the day of his funeral

Eddie Redmayne, who played the professor in 2014’s The Theory of Everything, was among 500 guests invited to the University Church of St Mary the Great.

He gave a biblical reading at the service, and astronomer Royal Martin Rees also spoke.

Model Lily Cole, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May and comedian Dara O Briain were among those seen arriving tothe funeral.

The charity hosts a meal in the heart of the city each Saturday, providing a free meal to anyone who wishes to join, including the homeless or those living in isolation (pictured: a charity worker helps in the kitchen on Saturday)

Thousands lined the streets of Cambridge on Saturday for the funeral of the theoretical physicist, who died peacefully at his home earlier this month 

As the world-renowned scientist's funeral took place on the other side of Cambridge, those in need were treated to an Easter lunch thanks to the physicist

Despite having said he is an atheist, Prof Hawking's family, including wife Jane Hawking (left), son Timothy Hawking (right) and daughter Lucy Hawking felt a traditional church service would give his many friends in the city a chance to remember and pay tribute to him

Despite having said he is an atheist, Prof Hawking's family, including wife Jane Hawking, son Timothy Hawking and daughter Lucy Hawking (pictured) felt a traditional church service would give his many friends in the city a chance to remember and pay tribute to him

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.

A round of applause spontaneously broke out as Prof Hawking’s coffin was carried into the church by six porters from Cambridge University’s Gonville and Caius College, where he was a fellow for 52 years.

Family members of the cosmologist, including his three children a Lucy, Robert and Tim, followed the coffin into the church.

In a statement released ahead of Saturday’s service they said they chose to hold the funeral “in the city that he loved so much and which loved him”.

 

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