Thousands of police officers have lined the streets of central London as the funeral of one of their colleagues; Police Constable Keith Palmer took place today.
PC Palmer was killed in the line of duty when he tried to stop and prevent a terrorist from entering the House of Parliament, Westminster during a terror attack in London on March 22nd.
Pic: Sky News (Main Photo by Frank Augstein/PA Wire)
48 year old PC Keith Palmer was a married father of one.
The Metropolitan Police colour party and a ‘black guard’ of mounted officers led the funeral cortege from the Palace of Westminster to Southwark Cathedral.
Photo: (Met Task Force)
The first female head of Scotland Yard in its entire history, Commissioner Cressida Dick is attending the funeral in her first official day of duty ad Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police.
Commissioner Dick described PC Palmer as ‘a friendly face of British policing and in this horrible sad time, all of us in policing hope that today’s tribute to him gives some sort of comfort to his family.’ Commissioner Cressida Dick read the WH Auden poem Funeral Blues, which begins “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone”, and asks for “the traffic police men to wear black cotton gloves” in mourning of a loved one.
More than 5,000 police officers from the entire force and across the country gathered in central London today for PC Palmer’s funeral and line the route.
Pic: (London Met Police)
In solidarity, hundreds more senior and junior officers from London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and the London Port Authority also lined the streets of central London while thousands more officers for police, fire and ambulance services from across the UK also remembered and paid tribute to PC Palmer by holding a two minute silence outside their stations under flags at half mast during today’s service.
Pic: (London Fire Brigade)
Pic: (London Ambulance Service)