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Penny Lancaster speaks out about policing at Queen's funeral 'Biggest honour to serve'
Rod Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster could be seen amongst the 15,000 police officers working the Queen’s funeral procession in London today.The model and photographer said she felt it was the “biggest honour” to be on duty for such a special occasion. Special Constable Penny, 51, manned the barriers near Queen Victoria’s Memorial and was tasked with keeping the public safe during the procession.The TV presenter opened up about why she decided to work on the day of the Queen’s funeral.“I think it’s (the same reason) why every officer wanted to be here today, because we swore an oath to the Queen to serve in the office of constable.“This is the biggest honour of all, to be able to serve today on Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral.She went on to explain that, while the day’s activities had been demanding, she “wouldn’t have missed it for the world”.Speaking about the procession on London’s Mall, she continued: “Leading up to that moment, it’s been a very emotional few days.“In that moment, our priority is to be aware of the crowd and the potential dangers and risks on an event like today.“So the focus is mostly on my duty, but also (it was) a wonderful opportunity and very honoured to be here to pay respects at the same time,” she added.Queen Elizabeth II died "peacefully" at Balmoral Castle on September 8 at the age 96.The tearful ceremony this morning marked the first time a monarch's funeral has been held at Westminster since the 18th century.Thousands of people lined the streets of London to bid a final farewell to the Queen, with many hoping to get a glimpse of her coffin as she passed by.The public funeral service took place today in Westminster Abbey at 11am.A two-minute silence has been held across the United Kingdom to
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What will the royal family wear to the Queen's funeral? Uniforms explained
Her Majesty The Queen on September 8, 2022.According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.The Queen's coffin was brought down to London from Edinburgh on September 13.According to the detailed Operation London Bridge plan, she has been transported from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in the capital, where her coffin will lie in state for four days, starting today (September 14) and concluding on the day of her funeral (September 19).Funeral preparations are now in full swing ahead of September 19, with conversations circulating on what the royal family will wear during their final goodbye to the Queen.Here's everything you need to know about Royal uniforms.The traditional dress during the national mourning period, and all the events that come with it, is a military uniform for working members of the royal family.These mourning period events include the Service of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the procession to Westminster Hall, the vigil at Westminster Hall, the state funeral service at Westminster Abbey, and the committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.Other attendees will wear black to the funeral as a mark of respect for the late monarch, with royal women likely to wear black veils on the day.Black is the traditional colour to wear for a funeral and the funeral fashion was popularised by Queen Victoria who wore black for 40 years as a mark of respect to her husband Prince Albert, who died in 1861.The Royal Family traditionally wear the colour black for the entire period of mourning, which King Charles III announced will extend to a week after the Queen’s funeral.A statement from Buckingham Palace read: “It is His Majesty The