Penny Lancaster says it was 'biggest honour' to police Queen's funeralSeptember 19, 2022
Penny Lancaster was amongst officers policing Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession in London, an experience she’s described as the ‘biggest honour’.
The Loose Women panellist joined an estimated 15,000 officers on the streets as the late Queen’s state funeral took place at Westminster Abbey.
Penny wore her full uniform and was seen shuffling through crowds, after a predicted two million people lined the streets to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on September 8, aged 96.
Taking to the streets as part of the force in central London, the TV presenter was on hand to ensure the safety of royal fans and ensure everything was running smoothly.
‘This is the biggest honour of all, to be able to serve today on Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral’, Penny told the PA News Agency.
‘We were in uniform by five o’clock this morning and we didn’t know what time we will be working until. We just want to make sure that all the crowds get home safely’, she added.
Towards the end of her ‘long’ shift, the special constable said: ‘I wouldn’t have missed it for the world’, describing the ’emotional few days’ she’s had in the lead up to the funeral.
‘The focus is mostly on my duty, but it also (it was) a wonderful opportunity and [I’m] very honoured to be here to pay my respects at the same time’, Penny said, crediting the Queen as an ‘incredible woman’ and saying how ‘sad’ she was to learn of her death.
Former model Penny, 51, who married Sir Rod Stewart in 2007, completed her training to become a special police constable for City of London Police in April 2021.
She was pictured on Monday making her way through busy crowds in the area surrounding Westminster and Buckingham Palace while wearing the red and white chequered sleeve and cap bands of the force.
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Video showed her alongside another member of the City of London Police, moving between members of the public waiting to see the procession pass by.
Penny began volunteering with the force after appearing in the Channel 4 show Famous And Fighting Crime, in which celebrities swapped their day jobs with those of emergency service professionals.
In November last year, musician Sir Rod, 77, spoke about her career shift on The Graham Norton Show, saying: ‘She trained for eight months, and she loves it. I backed her all the way.’
He added: ‘She says she loves giving something back, but more importantly she wants to protect the city she loves.’
The Queen’s funeral on Monday (September 19) marked the conclusion of what is being regarded as the biggest security operation the UK has ever seen, outstripping the London 2012 Olympics which saw up to 10,000 police officers on duty per day.
Royal Family members including Prince and Princess of Wales William and Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Queen Consort were in attendance, as were former Prime Ministers and world leaders.
Penny met the Queen, and the new King, Charles III, on a number of occasions when her husband performed for them and during charity events throughout the years.
Last week, she recalled fond memories of dancing with the King on his 60th birthday during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.
She also praised the late monarch for her ‘omnipresence’ as ‘she could be everywhere all of the time for everyone’.
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