George Michael’s funeral is set to be a private affair, with it reportedly being held at a chapel at Highgate West Cemetery in North London, seating just 30 people.
According to The Sun on Sunday, the singer’s family want details of the ‘small, private gathering’ to be kept secret in order to avoid mobs of fans on the day.
The funeral is expected to take place close to Mother’s Day on March 26, following the Wham star’s tragic and sudden death on Christmas Day, aged 53.
An inside source told the paper: ‘The funeral is going to be a very small, private gathering. The chapel only seats 30 so, apart from family, there won’t be many others there.
‘The details are a closely-guarded secret. Most guests will be told what’s going on a few hours beforehand. The idea is to avoid them being mobbed by fans trying to get a glimpse of their idol’s farewell.’
Having opened in the 19th century, the cemetery already hosts the graves of a number of famous names – including Karl Marx, George Eliot and painter Henry Moore.