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Stephen Hawking's funeral coffin to Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge

Stephen Hawking's funeral - the moment, when coffin is carrying into the Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge

     When I came to the United Kingdom I set in Cambridge, the city where Stephen Hawking used to live for over 50 years. During the 3 years of stay in this university city, I hoped, that maybe I will be fortunate to see this wonderful person. This hope became real, when I joined to Cambridge Astronomy Association, when I thought, that possibly Stephen Hawking will appear there with some lectures. This did not take place.
I could see him during my short work in Addenbrooke’s hospital in the Deep Clean team. On the last day of my work – 13th November 2015 Stephen Hawking was carried to the hospital. As long as I remember it was somewhere on the 3rd floor. One of my colleagues Cosma Cardoso saw him just after the nurses put Stephen on the bed and right after this put shutters down in the window. No one was able to see the biggest scientist in the hospital, even through the window. Even the working stuff had restrictions except for the healthcare personnel.
Unfortunately, I had no occasion to see Stephen Hawking personally, but I am very lucky, that I live in the city, that Hawking was associated with.
On 14th March 2018, I have read very sad information about the Hawking’s dead. The 14th March is known as an international day of number Pi (Pi day). March 14, 2018, was exactly the 139th Albert Einstein’s birthday. More than often the Steven Hawking was compared to Albert Einstein. Both of them were the biggest scientist in the world.  Albert Einstein was born on 14th March 1879 and died after 27793 days on 18th April 1955. Stephen Hawking was born on 8th January and died after 27824 days on 14th March 2018. The difference in their length of life was exactly one month! However he passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning, so his life was probably a little bit shorter than 27824 days. Both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking were 3974 weeks and 5 days old at the moment of death. The period between Albert Einstein’s birth and Stephen Hawking’s death is exactly 139 years, which makes 50769 days and consequently 7252 weeks and 5 days.
The Easter Saturday 31.03.2018 was the day of Stephen Hawking’s funeral in Great St. Mary’s Church in Cambridge. The celebration began at 2pm. A few thousand people have gathered around this church more than half an hour before the ceremony. There were a lot of renowned guests at the funeral like Brian May, Anita Dobson, Elon Musk and Alan Bennett.
I decided to take part in this ceremony too, alongside with another few thousands of people, who encircled the Great St. Mary’s Church and adjacent streets.

I have prepared a short photo relation below. However, I realize, that you will find photos taken from better perspectives on the web.
I came near the Great St Mary’s Church around 1:20pm and unfortunately, the best places were taken. After maybe 10 minutes I found a quite nice place for myself. I stood up on the wall next to King’s Parade between a lot of people placed together. I could see the church entrance clearly from there.

Stephen Hawking's funeral St Mary's Street Cambridge

Pic. 1 People going on Stephen Hawking’s funeral ceremony, St. Mary’s Street, 31.03 1.15pm.

Stephen Hawking's funeral St Mary's Street Cambridge TV

Pic. 2 TV operators standing across the St. Mary’s Street.

Stephen Hawking's funeral Great St Mary's Church Cambridge

Pic. 3 Awaiting for the funeral ceremony a front of Great St. Mary’s Church.

Stephen Hawking's funeral St Jone's street Cambridge

Pic. 4 Crowded St. Jone’s Street.

Stephen Hawking's funeral King's Parade Cambridge

Pic. 5 Crowd on the King’s Parade.

Stephen Hawking's funeral Goneville and Caius College

Pic. 6 View towards the Gonville and Caius College – Stephen Hawkin’s academic home.

Stephen Hawking's funeral King's Parade Cambridge2

Pic. 7 King’s Parade, 31.03.2018 1.25pm

 

Stephen Hawking's funeral Great St Mary's Church

Pic. 8 Great St. Mary’s Church surrounded by a crowd of people waiting at the ceremony.

Stephen Hawking's funeral St Mary's Passage Cambridge

Pic. 9 People gathering on the St. Mary’s Passage.

Stephen Hawking's funeral King's Parade Cambridge3

Stephen Hawking's funeral King's Parade Cambridge4

Pic. 10, 11 People awaiting the funeral, King’s Parade.

Stephen Hawking's funeral Great St Mary's Church entrance

Stephen Hawking's funeral a choir

Stephen Hawking's funeral University of Cambridge choir

Pic. 12-14 The funeral is due to the beginning.

Stephen Hawking's funeral St Mary's Passage Cambridge

Pic. 15 Crowded St Mary’s Passage.

Stephen Hawking's funeral King's Parade Cambridge4

Stephen Hawking's funeral King's Parade Cambridge5

Pic. 16 The funeral is due to start, King’s Parade, 31.03.2018, 1:55pm.

Stephen Hawking's funeral a car with coffin

Stephen Hawking's funeral a car with coffin2

Stephen Hawking's funeral a car with coffin3

Pic. 17 – 19 The professor Stephen Hawking’s coffin is carried into the Great St. Mary’s Church, King’s Parade.

Stephen Hawking's funeral beginning

Stephen Hawking's funeral at Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge

Stephen Hawking's funeral at Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge2

Stephen Hawking's coffin is carrying to Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge

Pic. 20 – 23 The professor Stephen Hawking’s coffin is carried into the Great St. Mary’s Church.

Stephen Hawking's funeral King's Parade Cambridge6

Pic. 24 People occupying the King’s Parade footpath and watching the Stephen Hawking’s funeral ceremony, view towards the King’s College Porters Lodge.

Stephen Hawking's funeral important guests Elon Musk

Pic. 25. Important guests coming on the Stephen Hawking’s funeral ceremony.

Just after when coffin has been carried into the church people started to spread and leave this place. Some of them decided to wait until the finish of the funeral. I was not in this group of people. The weather was unfavorable because of rain and low temperature.

Stephen Hawking's funeral car a front of The Gonville and Caius College

Pic. 26 The Gonville and Caius College with the funeral vehicle.

Stephen Hawking's funeral vehicle

Pic. 27 Professor Stephen Hawking’s funeral vehicle.

Stephen Hawking's funeral Goinville and Caius college2

Pic. 28. People gathered a front fo the Gonville and Caius College, where Professor Stephen Hawking’s spent a very long time in his career.

The funeral ceremony lasted around one and a half hours. The whole church was guarded safely likewise main roads, where people used to gather. I saw at least 20 police officers and other dozen or so safety guards. The area under prevention was spreading down the Market Hill, at lest Trinity Lane and Trumpington Street.

Stephen Hawking's funeral Great St Mary's Church security

Pic. 29 One of the security officers guarding the side door of the Great St. Mary’s Church from the St Mary’s Street side.

Under the main doors of the Gonville and Caius college – the place strongly associated with professor Stephen Hawking people left condolences.

Stephen Hawking's funeral Goinville and Caius College condolences

Pic. 30 The flowers with condolences under the Gonville and Caius College main entrance.

Stephen Hawking's funeral Goinville and Caius College condolences from Poland, Wrocław

Pic. 31 …and also a Polish accent.

Mariusz Krukar

Links:

  1. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5943794/stephen-hawking-funeral-eddie-redmayne-children-wife/
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-43582950
  3. https://news.sky.com/story/live-stephen-hawkings-funeral-takes-place-11310912
  4. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/692842/stephen-hawking-funeral-professor-eddie-redmayne-cambridge-latest
  5. https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/alumni/stephen-hawking-building

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