The Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, has died in Rome.
The funeral of the Grand Master, who died last Thursday will in Rome on February 16 at the Basilica of Santa Sabina.
It will be attended by his family members, the members of the Sovereign Council, his collegues, and members and volunteers of the Order of Malta from around the world.
Following the funeral ceremony the Grand Master will be buried in the church of Santa Maria del Priorato.
The Grand Commander of the Order of Malta, Baillif Frà Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, has been sworn in as Lieutenant ad interim of the Order, and remains acting head of the Sovereign Order until a new Grand Master is elected.
Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie was the first Englishman to be elected to the post of Grand Master in the Order's 900-year history.