Thousands of officers bid farewell to Westminster attack victim PC Keith Palmer
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 8:48
Police officers and the public lined the route of the cortege as it travelled from the Palace of Westminster through the streets of south London.
NORTH Wales Police joined other forces from across the country to pay their respects to PC Keith Palmer who was killed during an attack in Westminster.
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 The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn and followed by a private cremation.
Chief Constable Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council, said the scale of the funeral will be unprecedented as officers hold a two-minute silence at 2pm.
"I think all of us in policing hope that today's tribute to him gives some sort of comfort to his family", she said.
During the service, PC Palmer was remembered for his excellent police work.
During the funeral the congregation heard readings from some of PC Palmer's fellow officers including new Commissioner Cressida Dick who read a poem during the service.
Palmer's coffin lay overnight in a chapel at parliament after special permission was granted by the Queen.
Last month, Masood plowed his auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four, and stabbed Palmer outside Parliament before being shot dead.
Masood killed four other victims and wounded scores as he rammed pedestrians on Westminster Bridge with a rented SUV. Their aim was to have a member of every police force in England, Wales and Scotland represented on the song to raise money for the charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS).
No fewer than 5,000 police officers from across Britain looked on as the hearse carrying Palmer's coffin passed through central London to Southwark cathedral.
"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".