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Thousands gather for funeral of policeman killed in Westminster attack

London came to a standstill for the procession, led by the hearse with a floral tribute reading ‘No 1 Daddy’.

Pc Keith Palmer funeral Source: Yui Mok

THOUSANDS OF POLICE officers have attended the funeral of Keith Palmer today, the policeman stabbed to death in a terror attack outside the British parliament last month.

Officers lined the cortège route from the Houses of Parliament, where his body lay in rest yesterday in a rare honour normally granted to senior politicians.

Pc Keith Palmer funeral Source: Frank Augstein/PA Images

The service took place across the River Thames in Southwark Cathedral, with Palmer’s wife and five-year-old daughter in attendance.

Normally bustling streets in central London were at a standstill for the procession, led by the hearse with a floral tribute reading “No 1 Daddy”.

Pc Keith Palmer funeral Source: Ben Stansall/PA Images

Officers wearing dress uniform with white gloves and medals stood with heads bowed during a two-minute silence at the start of the service.

Pc Keith Palmer funeral Source: Gareth Fuller/PA Images

Some 5,000 officers from around the country took part, along with Cressida Dick, the first female head of London’s Metropolitan Police.

Pc Keith Palmer funeral Source: Ben Stansall/PA Images

Palmer, aged 48, was killed on 22 March by a 52-year-old convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, as he stood guard outside parliament.

Masood attacked Palmer after he had driven into pedestrians nearby, killing three and fatally injuring a fourth. He was shot dead by an armed officer.

Pc Keith Palmer funeral Source: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images

Parliamentary officials have ordered a security review after it was revealed that Palmer was not armed.

In addition, the vehicle entrance gate to parliament which he was guarding was open, as it often is to allow MPs in and out of the building more easily.

Pc Keith Palmer funeral Source: Rick Findler/PA Images

Palmer’s body was taken to a chapel inside parliament yesterday, where a private service was held after Queen Elizabeth II granted special dispensation.

Others who have previously been granted the honour include former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

© – AFP 2017

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