Penny Lancaster ‘very grateful’ there was no problem policing Queen’s funeral

Penny Lancaster ‘very grateful’ there was no problem policing Queen’s funeral

Penny Lancaster had a unique perspective as she bid farewell to Her Majesty.

The British model and TV personality, 51, who is married to Rod Stewart, credited “excellent training and preparation” for a smooth day as she spoke to Sky News about joining the police detail on Monday for the Queen’s state funeral Elizabeth II.

“With all this planning going on, you can never predict what the crowd is like [going to] react and the dangers that may lie ahead,” Lancaster said. “But we had excellent training and preparation, and luckily, everyone paid their respects in the appropriate manner and we had no incidents to speak of. So, I’m very grateful for that.”

He explained that Operation London Bridge “was sprung into action immediately” after the Queen’s death and they were alerted to their duties by telephone.

Penny Lancaster in her role as City of London Police maintains order outside RAF Northolt, London, UK - 13 September 2022

Penny Lancaster in her role as City of London Police maintains order outside RAF Northolt, London, UK – 13 September 2022

Shutterstock Penny Lancaster trained to become a special constable with the City of London Police after appearing on reality TV show Famous and Fighting Crime

Lancaster, who is a special constable with London’s police force, said she was “very proud to be able to serve” during such a “historic moment” for the country as she announced her funeral last week on Good morning Britain.

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II carried by passengers at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II held at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 and was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II carried by passengers at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II held at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 and was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.

Jack Hill – WPA Pool/Getty Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 on Thursday, September 8 and her funeral was held on Monday at Westminster Abbey before being buried at Windsor Castle.

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“It was a great privilege to work at the Queen’s memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday,” he said. “I took the oath of Constable to Her Majesty the Queen just over a year ago, in April last year, and just like the seamless relationship between Her Majesty and King Charles III, my oath will now be to the King” .

Stewart, 77, described his wife’s eight-month journey to becoming a police officer to PEOPLE last year after being inspired by her appearance in Famous and fighting crimea reality show in which celebrities drive alongside real officers.

“He was totally absorbed by it and loved it,” she recalled in November. “He said, ‘I’ll do that. I’m going to do all the training, all the tests.” The nicest quote he said [is]”I want to give something back, okay, but I want to look after the city I love, which is London.”

Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart attend the Upstart Crow Press Night at the Gielgud Theater on February 17, 2020 in London, England

Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart attend the Upstart Crow Press Night at the Gielgud Theater on February 17, 2020 in London, England

Dave J Hogan/Getty Rod Stewart has been married to Penny Lancaster since 2007 and they have two children

“She’s part-time, she works one day a week and she patrols Tower Bridge around London. She makes arrests and will come forward… She’s tough. She’s 6’2”. [You] can’t argue with a big blonde,” Stewart added.

Queen Elizabeth died aged 96 on Thursday, September 8. Her death follows her 73-year-old husband, Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April 2021. She is immediately succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III, 73, who is now monarch.

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The Queen’s coffin traveled to Westminster Hall in an official procession on Wednesday and has since been lying in state for mourners to pay their respects.

More than 2,000 people from around the world gathered at Westminster Abbey on Monday for the Queen’s funeral, before she was laid to rest at Windsor Castle.

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