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Unhappy State Funeral For HERO Police Officer Killed by Terrorist

'He Laid Down His Life For Each One of Us': Thousands of Officers Bow Their Heads in Silence as The Last Post is Played to Honour Murdered Hero PC Keith Palmer
  • More than 5,000 rank-and-file officers from every British police force lined the two-mile cortege route
  • Ten of thousands of mourners also gathered in the capital to pay their respects to the hero constable
  • Politicians, officers and members of the public used the Twitter hashtag #StandforKeith to post tributes
  • PC Palmer, 48, a father-of-one, was murdered by terrorist Khalid Masood as he stood guard at Westminster, London UK.

Daily Mail UK, 10 April 2017







More than 5,000 rank-and-file officers from every force in Britain spread their way along the two-mile cortege route from Westminster to Southwark Cathedral (left), where the constable's funeral took place ahead of a private crematorium.
The 48-year-old (inset left), a loyal Charlton Athletic fan, was murdered by terrorist Khalid Masood in the London terror attack as he stood guard outside the Palace of Westminster.

Paying tribute to the officer during the service, the Reverend Prebendary Jonathan Osborne said PC Palmer had 'laid down his life for each one of us'.

Met commissioner Cressida Dick - the first female head of Scotland Yard who took the helm today - then read the WH Auden poem Funeral Blues, which starts with the line ‘Stop the Clocks’ and asks for ‘the traffic police men to wear black cotton gloves' in mourning of a loved one.
After the poem was read, Rev Osborne added:
'Keith died doing his duty, and it was as if in those moments the clock stopped.'

The cortege had snaked through central London and crossed Lambeth Bridge, avoiding the scene of the atrocity on Westminster Bridge. There, visibly distressed police officers bowed their heads as a mark of respect, while others shed tears for the constable (right)
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Thousands of police officers have gathered today for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer. At Southwark Cathedral, scores of officers gathered at the entrance as the hearse was carried into the church





Pallbearers carry the coffin, which was adorned with a police flag, out of Southwark Cathedral. The 2pm service was followed by a private crematorium





Mounted officers are seen leading the cortege along Southwark Street, the final route of the procession before reaching the cathedral. The road was thick with mourners, who bowed their heads as the cortege went past






The 48-year-old (lin his final picture) was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood as he carried out his duties on the cobbled forecourt of the Palace of Westminster





A police officer wipes his eye outside the Houses of Parliament, London, where PC Palmer was murdered in the terror attack











A police officer wipes away tears as she pay stands on the two-mile cortege route for PC Palmer's funeral this afternoon










A young boy dressed in a Met Police stands beside two officers near Borough Market as PC Palmer's coffin is taken to Southwark Cathedral






Officers in full uniform attire bow their heads as the hearse is taken from Westminster Palace. They were joined by scores of mourners



















The Metropolitan Police said there were 5,000 of its officer paying respects to PC Palmer. Many were visibly distressed as the cortege passed by



















A couple cling to one another in silence as they watched the funeral procession. They were among thousands of people who turned out to pay their respects






The funeral cortege is seen outside the Palace of Westminster this morning, where PC Keith Palmer's coffin was laid overnight





Two National Police Air Service helicopters performed a flypast and aerial salute as the hearse was carried into the cathedral



The service - which was projected from Southwark Cathedral to the crowds of mourners gathered outside - came after an emotional funeral procession, in which audible silence fell on some of the busiest routes in London as the cortege snaked through the crowd.

This morning, police staff from all over the country arrived in London for the funeral. In an unprecedented gathering, columns of uniformed officers - many with service medals pinned to their jackets and wearing white gloves - were seen getting off coaches in Southwark before marching towards the cathedral.

Others - all in full uniform attire - joined the tens of thousands of mourners in sombre silence on some of the busiest streets in the capital to pay their respects to the fallen officer.

PC Palmer's coffin - adorned with flowers which read 'No 1 Daddy' - was then carried by close colleagues from the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at the Palace of Westminster, where it was laid overnight, to the hearse.
The funeral procession then left through the Carriage Gates - the very ones that PC Palmer died defending - before travelling over Lambeth Bridge, avoiding the scene of the atrocity on Westminster Bridge.

There, visibly distressed police officers bowed their heads as a mark of respect, while other colleagues and mourners shed tears for the constable.
The 2.6mile route then continued along the capital's usually bustling streets, weaving slowly along roads adjacent to the southern bank of the Thames.

As the funeral procession wound its course up the packed but poignantly quiet Borough High Street, a burst of sunshine broke through the clouds and a hushed silence interrupted the swell of by-standers.
Tourists and locals leaned over barricades on what is usually one of London's busiest arteries, as members of PC Palmer's family and friends - 50 of whom were at the service - followed the hearse in black cars at the rear.

Mounted officers then led the cortege to Southwark Cathedral where scores of officers gathered at the entrance, accompanied by organ music playing to the street on a PA system.

His closest colleagues then formed a guard of honour as the coffin was taken into the cathedral, while two National Police Air Service helicopters performed a flypast and aerial salute.






Members of the Brighton and Hove police department hold a two-minute silence outside the Brighton police station...





The cortege left the Palace of Westminster - where PC Palmer was working when he was killed, before heading to Southwark Cathedral






Mounted police officers lead the funeral procession through south London, as mourners line the streets in tribute





As the funeral procession wound its course up the packed but poignantly quiet Borough High Street (pictured), a burst of sunshine broke through the clouds






A single red rose is pictured in front of the PC Palmer's police hat, which has been left on the exact spot where he died. He was killed on 22 March in the Westminster terror attack











A Scotland Yard officer wipes a tear as she stands near the approach to Southwark Cathedral (top). Another officer holds onto the order of service as he waits in silence for the cortege to arrived at the cathedral.





An onlooker buries her head in a tissue as the cortege passes through Southwark Street. She was one of thousands of mourners who turned out to pay their respects to the fallen PC





A police officer bows his head as the cortege passes him after leaving the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Westminster










In emotional scenes, thousands of officers today descended on central London to pay their respects to hero PC Keith Palmer




The service, led by the Dean of Southwark The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, was attended by around 50 members of PC Palmer's family including his wife, child, mother and father, brother and sisters.

Screens were erected for members of the public outside to watch the service, which included the hymns I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say.
Tearful officers then bowed their heads as a rendition of The Last Post was played by a bugler from the Honourable Artillery Company.

A few moments' silence then followed a rendition of God Save The Queen, as on-duty officers, medical staff and members of the public stood still in respect for PC Palmer.

Rev Osborne led prayers and Chief Inspector Neil Sawyer, who worked with PC Palmer in Bromley and the Territorial Support Group, paid tribute.
In the poem which she read, Ms Dick, the first female head of Scotland Yard in its 188-year history, also read the line which asks 'the traffic police men to wear black cotton gloves' in mourning of a loved one.

She told Sky News: 'It was a chosen by the family - it was a poem they wanted to have read and for me it was an enormous privilege to be asked to read it. It's a very powerful poem.'

A bible reading, John 15, verses 12 to 17, was read by one of the Met’s family liaison officers, Detective Sergeant Marc Grange.
The passage reads: 'Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.'

Among the mourners was MP Tobias Ellwood, who tried to save PC Palmer's life as he lay injured on the cobbled forecourt.


Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the manager and captain of PC Palmer's beloved Charlton Athletic football club, Karl Robinson and Johnnie Jackson, were also present.

Police officers across the UK who were unable to attend also held a two-minute silence at the stroke of 2pm, to coincide with the start of the service.

As the crowds gathered in central London this morning, tributes poured in for the father of one, with police officers and politicians using the hashtag #StandforKeith to pay their respect.









Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick and MP Tobias Ellwood, who tried to save PC Palmer, are pictured walking to Southwark Cathedral. The funeral has come on the first day of Ms Dick's job at the helm of Scotland Yard






Columns of uniformed officers, many with service medals pinned to their jackets and wearing white gloves, marched towards the cathedral ahead of the service...






In an unprecedented gathering of police colleagues, more than 5,000 rank-and-file officers from every force in Britain lined the two-mile route. Police are pictured walking through the usually bustling streets around Borough Market









Solemn-looking police officers walk close to Southwark Cathedral in silence as they arrive for PC Palmer's police funeral










More than 5,000 rank-and-file officers from every force in Britain lined the two-mile route from the Palace of Westminster to Southwark Cathedral. One officer was seen looking reflective as she stood near Southwark Cathedral






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Police officers were seen this morning, starting to gather close to Southwark Cathedral for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer





Several members of the public have gathered close to the Cathedral ahead of this afternoon's funeral. One mourner was holding a sign which read: 'Our spirit will not be broken'





Police officers and members of the public stand by the floral tributes at Westminster, which have been left there following the terror attack on 22 March



PC Barry Calder of the Royal Protection command posted photos of his formal dress, including shined boots, white gloves and service medals, before adding: 'I'll be proud that I wear the same uniform as Keith did.'

The official account for the Cheshire Special Constabulary shared an image of scores of officers in formal attire lining Southwark Bridge Road, with a tribute which read: 'Standing Ready to #StandForKeith.'

PC Steve Richardson, a senior section officer with the West Yorkshire Police, shared pictures of himself after he travelled down from Leeds to attend the service with 35 other officers.

He said: 'It's a sense of pride to support your colleagues at this sad time. The thin blue line may be slightly thinner, but it certainly can't be broken.'
Ahead of the service, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said of PC Palmer: 'He was a lovely man, we all saw him every day when we went into the gates of Parliament.
'He was there with a smile, with a wave, always talking to tourists, always talking to visitors, always unbelievably polite and courteous - a real, good public servant of the people in Parliament.

'He died defending our Parliament.'

Outside, retired London cab driver, Stephen Isaacs, 77, who watched the procession as it passed London Bridge station, said he had come from his home in Essex to pay tribute to the 48-year-old officer.
He said: 'They've got to be one of the best police services in the world and what with terrorists it's doubled their job.'

John Louthrey, 62, a retired chef and bell ringer at St Leonard's church, Streatham, south London, said he had come to Borough High Street before dawn to pay his respects.
Draped in a Union flag and holding a sign, he said:

'I'm here to pay my respects to Keith Palmer and the officers of the Metropolitan Police.
'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.'

Train companies including Southern Rail also offered free travel to officers attending the funeral.

Meanwhile, a ring of steel was erected around central London ahead of the funeral. Metal barriers and dozens of road closures were put in place throughout the capital, while hundreds of police officers from Scotland Yard are patrolling the streets surrounding the Cathedral.

In a display of heightened security, temporary concrete barriers were also erected at nearby roads, while a 1.2mile square area of London has been completely sealed off to all traffic.
The cordons extend to Bishopsgate on the north of the river, the Tate Modern in the West and Tower Bridge Road to the east, while Southwark Bridge and London Bridge are also both closed off.

Police sniffer dogs were also seen patrolling the route of the cortège, while other officers were seen searching bins and alleyways along key roads to ensure it was safe

Chief Constable Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council, said the scale of the funeral was unprecedented.
She told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show: 'I don't think we will have ever seen a police funeral of this size.

'Officers from all over the country are coming to London to join their Metropolitan Police colleagues to line the route. But at 2pm outside police stations across the country, officers and staff will be observing a two-minutes' silence.
'We all want to pay honour to the ultimate sacrifice that Keith made.'

The Queen gave permission for PC Palmer's body to rest in the Palace of Westminster, an honour normally reserved for heads of state and senior politicians such as Baroness Thatcher and Tony Benn.

Yesterday, PC Palmer's emotional colleagues formed a guard of honour as his coffin, draped in a police flag, was escorted into the chapel.







A ring of steel has been erected around Westminster ahead of this afternoon's funeral for hero PC Keith Palmer. The route of the cortege is shown above






This map, released by Scotland Yard, shows the road closures in place in central London today, including London Bridge



Ms Thornton said the gesture had had a 'tremendous impact' on police as they go about their duty.
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.'

Scotland Yard also said that full service funerals - such as PC Palmer's - are normally only held when a police officer or member of staff dies while they are carrying out their duty.

The last full police funeral for a Met officer killed in the line of duty was in October 2013 for PC Andrew Duncan, who was killed the month before after being hit by a car while checking vehicle speeds in Sutton, south London.

PC Palmer, who was a member of the Metropolitan Police's parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, had served with the force for 15 years.
The father-of-one was nominated just two years ago for 'best thief taker' in the Commissioner's Excellence Awards, having made more than 150 arrests in 12 months.

Before he joined Scotland Yard, PC Palmer served as a reservist in the Royal Artillery from August 1987 to August 2001, leaving as a bombardier.
Scotland Yard said that PC Palmer's shoulder number, 4157U, would be retired and not reissued to any other officer as a mark of respect.
His name has been added to the roll of honour and remembrance at a ceremony at the National Police Memorial on The Mall, in central London, complete with a guard of honour.

His funeral comes on the first day that Cressida Dick formally takes the helm of the Metropolitan Police. Ms Dick was named as the first female commissioner in the Metropolitan Police's 188-year history in February.

Paying tribute to him previously, she said: 'We will never forget his courage. My deepest sympathy is with his family and with the loved ones of everyone who lost their lives.'

Prime Minister Theresa May also described him in the Commons as 'every inch a hero'.
In a speech the day after the attack, she added: 'PC Palmer had devoted his life to the service of his country. He was a husband and a father, killed doing a job he loved. He was every inch a hero, and his actions will never be forgotten.'

Her words reduced Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, who was part of the team who tried to save the life of PC Palmer, to tears.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said the response had been 'incredible'.
He added: 'The public are as appalled by what happened as the police. At times they can be our biggest critics but when something like this happens they come together with us, because they don't like someone hurting one of their own.
'I can't recall an occasion like this in regard to the number of officers who will be there, but we must not lose sight of the fact that it is a family funeral. It is for Keith's family and we have made sure we have done everything his wife wants because, first and foremost, it is for her to mourn her husband.'

A JustGiving page for the hero's family raised more than £700,000 in the weeks after his killing.
Plans are also in place for a permanent memorial stone for PC Palmer at The Valley stadium in south east London, where the 'wonderful dad and husband' would watch his favourite team play.






His name has been added to the roll of honour and remembrance at a ceremony at the National Police Memorial on The Mall, in central London, complete with a guard of honour (pictured)





The Queen had given permission for PC Palmer's body to rest in the Palace of Westminster, an honour normally reserved for heads of state and senior politicians. The coffin is pictured arriving there yesterday





Thousands of floral tributes still remain in Parliament Square (pictured) for the victims of the Westminster terror attack


In a statement released following the attack, his family said: 'Keith will be remembered as a wonderful dad and husband. A loving son, brother and uncle. A long-time supporter of Charlton FC.

'Dedicated to his job and proud to be a police officer, brave and courageous. A friend to everyone who knew him. He will be deeply missed.'

Four other people were killed and dozens of others injured in the 82-second atrocity on Wednesday March 22, which ended with Masood being shot dead.

Andreea Cristea, 31, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Kurt Cochran, 54, and Aysha Frade, 44, died after he ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

Anti-terror 'ring of steel' as crash barriers are erected and roads placed in lockdown around Westminster ahead of hero PC Keith Palmer's funeral
A ring of steel was erected around central London ahead this morning ahead of PC Palmer's funeral.
Metal barriers and dozens of road closures were put in place throughout the capital, while hundreds of police officers from Scotland Yard are patrolling the streets surrounding the Cathedral.





London Metropolitan Police Officers (MPS) keep watch over the route of the funeral procession for PC Keith Palmer






Police sniffer dogs (pictured) were also seen patrolling the route of the cortège, while other officers were seen searching bins and alleyways along key roads



In a display of heightened security, temporary concrete barriers were also erected at nearby roads, while a 1.2mile square area of London has been completely sealed off to all traffic.
The cordons extend to Bishopsgate on the north of the river, the Tate Modern in the West and Tower Bridge Road to the east, while Southwark Bridge and London Bridge are also both closed off.
Police sniffer dogs were also seen patrolling the route of the cortège, while other officers were seen searching bins and alleyways along key roads to ensure it was safe.


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THE FOUR INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO DIED ALONGSIDE PC PALMER IN THE WESTMINSTER TERROR ATTACK



There were five people killed in the terror attack on London, including PC Palmer. The other victims were:

:: Andreea Cristea

Andreea Cristea, 31, was on Westminster Bridge with her partner Andrei Burnaz when the car driven by Khalid Masood ploughed into them.






Andreea Cristea, 31, was on Westminster Bridge with her partner Andrei Burnaz when the car driven by Khalid Masood ploughed into them. She suffered a blood clot on the brain and died in hospital weeks later


Ms Cristea was thrown into the River Thames and subsequently suffered a blood clot on the brain for which she was operated on.
She had been receiving hospital treatment and life support was withdrawn on Thursday.
According to reports, the couple were in London celebrating Mr Burnaz's birthday, and he was due to propose to Ms Cristea later that day.


:: Leslie Rhodes

Leslie Rhodes, 75, from Clapham, south London, died at King's College Hospital on the night after the attack after life support was withdrawn.
Neighbours described the retired window cleaner as a 'lovely man' and said the pensioner was a keen music fan.

:: Kurt Cochran

Kurt Cochran, a US tourist from Utah, was killed on Westminster Bridge after Masood drove his car into unsuspecting pedestrians.
He and his wife Melissa, on the last day of a trip celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, were visiting her parents, who are serving as Mormon missionaries in London.
Mrs Cochran was badly injured.






Kurt Cochran, who was killed in the Westminster terrorist attack, is pictured with his wife Melissa, who was injured but survived



:: Aysha Frade

Aysha Frade, who worked in administration at independent sixth-form school DLD College London in Westminster, also died on the bridge.
The 44-year-old was described by her family as a 'caring daughter, loving sister, amazing wife, irreplaceable aunt, thoughtful, supportive friend and the best and coolest of mummies'.
Mrs Frade's family is well known in Betanzos, Spain, where her older sisters, Silvia and Michelle, run the Notting Hill English language academy.


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'STANDING READY TO #STANDFORKEITH': TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR FALLEN CONSTABLE


Officers and police forces across the country have been sharing their tributes to Keith Palmer.

PC Barry Calder of the Royal Protection command posted photos of his formal dress, including shined boots, white gloves and service medals, to Twitter.
'It's going to be a very emotional day but I'll be proud that I wear the same uniform as Keith did,' he wrote.

PC Steve Richardson, a senior section officer with the West Yorkshire Police, said he travelled down from Leeds to attend the service with 35 other officers.
He shared photos of his preparations and pictures of himself with PC Molly Carnall when they arrived in London.

'It's a sense of pride to support your colleagues at this sad time,' he said.
'It's quite difficult stuck up north when this happens in London. You feel powerless and want to help but you can't, so coming down means a lot.
'The thin blue line may be slightly thinner, but it certainly can't be broken.'

Police forces around the country also shared their tributes.

In Gloucester, the city community policing team shared a tribute on Twitter of an officer lighting a candle at Gloucester Cathedral in memory of PC Palmer.

The Horncastle Neighbourhood Policing Team shared a picture of a rose left outside Horncastle police station with a hand-written note saying 'In memory of PC Palmer'.

'The official account for the Cheshire Special Constabulary shared an image of scores of officers in formal attire lining Southwark Bridge Road, a few blocks from Southwark Cathedral, where the funeral is due to be held.
'Standing Ready to #StandForKeith,' reads the tribute.


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'I ASK YOU TO PROTECT MY DAD': MOVING LETTER FROM POLICEMAN'S DAUGHTER AS COLLEAGUES LAY PC KEITH PALMER TO REST

A police officer has revealed his daughter's moving letter which asked God to keep her father safe at work.

The letter, entitled 'A prayed for my family', was posted on Facebook this morning by Halifax Neighbourhood Police Team ahead of PC Keith Palmer's funeral.

The letter reads: 'Dear God, I ask you to protect my dad. Be caus my dad had to fight of bad people to protect all of the good people I do as much as I can to put a smile on his face





A police officer has revealed his daughter's moving letter (pictured) which asked God to keep her father safe at work


'So I am asking you to make my dad's day perfect. thank you God.'
Posting the picture, the officer wrote: 'Never underestimate what is going on in your child's mind.
'Checking my daughter's homework and came across this. A poignant reminder for today whilst we put one of our dedicated colleagues to rest.'





Many Thousands Line the Route for Funeral of Westminster Terror Attack Victim PC Keith Palmer











R.I.P Keith, Go With The Angels





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