Penny Lancaster speaks out about policing at Queen’s funeral

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Rod Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster could be seen amongst the 15,000 police officers working the Queen’s funeral procession in London today. The model and photographer said she felt it was the “biggest honour” to be on duty for such a special occasion.

 

Special Constable Penny, 51, manned the barriers near Queen Victoria’s Memorial and was tasked with keeping the public safe during the procession.

The TV presenter opened up about why she decided to work on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

“I think it’s (the same reason) why every officer wanted to be here today, because we swore an oath to the Queen to serve in the office of constable.

“This is the biggest honour of all, to be able to serve today on Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral.

She went on to explain that, while the day’s activities had been demanding, she “wouldn’t have missed it for the world”.

Speaking about the procession on London’s Mall, she continued: “Leading up to that moment, it’s been a very emotional few days.

“In that moment, our priority is to be aware of the crowd and the potential dangers and risks on an event like today.

“So the focus is mostly on my duty, but also (it was) a wonderful opportunity and very honoured to be here to pay respects at the same time,” she added.

Queen Elizabeth II died “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle on September 8 at the age 96.

The tearful ceremony this morning marked the first time a monarch’s funeral has been held at Westminster since the 18th century.

Thousands of people lined the streets of London to bid a final farewell to the Queen, with many hoping to get a glimpse of her coffin as she passed by.

The public funeral service took place today in Westminster Abbey at 11am.

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A two-minute silence has been held across the United Kingdom to mark the end of her historic reign before she is laid to rest with Prince Philip.

Penny previously confirmed to Good Morning Britain that she would be on duty for the sad occasion, after working at the Queen’s memorial service at St. Paul’s Cathedral last week.

The usually glammed up star also remembered how she had “signed the oath of Office of Constable to Her Majesty the Queen” in April 2021.

She said: “It was a great privilege to work at the Queen’s memorial service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

 

“I signed the oath of Office of Constable to Her Majesty the Queen just over a year ago, April last year, and just as the seamless tie between Her Majesty and King Charles III, my oath will now be with the King.”

The Loose Women panellist added to the ITV show that she is “very proud to be able to serve” during such a “historic moment” for Great Britain.

She continued: “It’s always an honour and a pleasure and they’re just a family like all other families.

“But they have this huge responsibility to be the head of state and to do the work that they do for the country of the Commonwealth. I’m just in absolute admiration of them.”

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