Penny Lancaster described being a special police officer at the Queen’s funeral as “the greatest honor”.
he is a TV presenter and former model, who is married to Sir Rod Stewart, was one of 15,000 policemen working at the funeral in London on Monday.
Special Agent Lancaster, who joined the City of London Police in April 2021, took control of barricades near the Queen Victoria Memorial, where she ensured the public remained safe during the procession and delivered her word. advised them about getting out of the Mall as part of her duties.
It is the greatest honor of all, to be served today at the Queen’s funeralPenny Lancaster
Explaining why she decided to work on the day of the funeral, she told the PA news agency: “I think (same reason) why every officer wants to be here today, because we I have sworn to the Queen to serve in the office of constable.
“It is the greatest honor of all, to be of service today at the Queen’s funeral.
“We put on our uniforms at 05:00 this morning and we don’t know how long we will be working. We just want to make sure that all the crowds get home safely.
“Today is a pretty long change, but I won’t miss it for the world.”
The Lancaster Special Assembly said she was “very honored” to be positioned so close to the procession on London’s Shopping Centre, where she was seen gazing at the Queen’s coffin as it passed her .
“Up until that point, it was a very emotional couple of days,” she said. “In that moment, our priority was to be aware of the crowd and the potential dangers and risks in an event like today.
“So the focus is mostly on my mission, but also (it’s) a great opportunity and a great honor to be here to also pay respects.”
She added that she felt “deeply saddened” when she heard the news of the Queen’s passing.
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She has met the Queen, and the new King, on a number of occasions as her husband Sir Rod performed for them and at charity events throughout the years.
“It was like being hit in waves,” she said. “I think it was just such a shock, it took a while for it to sink in.
“The Queen is an incredible woman, I think everyone utters the same emotions. I have had the pleasure of meeting her on a few occasions and you already sense her presence before you see her.
“No matter how nervous you are, she immediately puts you at ease with that sparkle in her eyes, her warm smile, she feels like anyone’s grandma. She is just an amazing woman. “
Constable Lancaster special volunteers work about 200 hours a year in the force, working about one shift a week. She started volunteering with the force after appearing on Channel 4’s Celebrity and Crime Fighting, in which celebrities swap their day jobs with those of emergency services professionals. .
Her previous jobs include working at RAF Northolt, where the Queen’s coffin was shipped from Scotland last week before it was taken to Buckingham Palace.
Describing her favorite side of the job, she said: “I think the victim is at the heart of what the police do.
“I think a lot of people think about crime but in reality, where there is crime, there are victims, and for me personally, that’s where my heart is.
“I love interacting with the public and interacting positively with them. At the end of the day, policymaking will have public consent. It is important to have engagement and relationships between the police and the public. “
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/penny-lancaster-it-is-the-biggest-honour-to-serve-at-the-queens-funeral-42001168.html Penny Lancaster: It was the greatest honor to serve at the Queen’s funeral