Day of tears: UK police honor officer slain near Parliament
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 2:12
The 48-year-old police veteran and father was fatally stabbed at the Houses of Parliament by Khalid Masood on March 22 in a rampage that left four others dead.
Around 50 members of Pc Palmer's family including his wife, child, mother and father, brother and sisters will attend the cathedral service, which will be led by the Dean of Southwark Andrew Nunn and followed by a private cremation.
Police officers march towards Southwark Cathedral for the funeral route of PC Keith Palmer.
At Colchester police station officers and staff took part in a two minute silence at 2pm today as did their colleagues from Braintree to Basildon.
"In addition a number of officers including Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Richard Debicki attended the Service held for PC Keith Palmer at Southwark Cathedral". "We are incredibly proud of him and we know they are too and all our hearts are with them".
"We pray for the police to keep us safe and we pray that they are kept safe and we pray for Keith Palmer's family". Keith's blue lamp will shine bright forever.
She said: "The fact Keith has laid in rest in the Palace of Westminster is a sort of acknowledgement on behalf of the whole country of the sacrifice that he made but also the job that officers do day in, day out".
The funeral will be the first engagement for the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, who was appointed in February and takes charge on Monday.
Ms Dick praised the turnout from police and members of the public, who had lined the barriers along the route even hours before the funeral began.
The hearse, adorned with a delicate white flower display declaring "No. 1 Daddy", was escorted to the cathedral during the "full force" funeral - the police equivalent of a state funeral.
Now, following the help of Superintendent Elliott Foskett from Northamptonshire Police who created and edited the track, it will be uploaded to itunes today with Pc Stephanie Taylor from Newcastle representing Northumbria Police.
After mounting his attack on Palmer, Masood was shot and killed by an armed police officer.
The boats formed an arrow shape as NPAS helicopters flying above created the "missing man formation" salute - commonly done at funerals and memorials.
Officers bowed their heads as the Last Post sounded from the cathedral shortly after a recital of The Lord's Prayer.