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THOUSANDS OF POLICE OFFICERS PAY TRIBUTE TO WESTMINSTER TERROR VICTIM AS MURDERED PC KEITH IS LAID T


Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood as he carried out his duties on the cobbled forecourt of the Palace of Westminster

The body of tragic PC Keith Palmer has made its final journey across the city he once protected to his funeral at Southwark Cathedral - as thousands of police officers lined the route of his cortege to pay respect.

The hearse of the murdered police officer, husband and father carried flowers which spelt out the words "No.1 Daddy" at the front.

The Metropolitan Police Colour Party led the funeral cortege and a "Black Guard" of mounted officers, they left the palace, where his coffin laid in rest in the chapel overnight, on its journey to Southwark Cathedral in central London at 1.30pm.

PC Keith Palmer's coffin then travelled along the capital's usually busy streets, avoiding the scene of last month's horror on Westminster Bridge, to arrive for the 2pm ceremony.

A touching Bible reading during the service said: "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick

A eulogy read by Chief Inspector Neil Sawyer paid tribute to PC Palmer's public service in both the army and police force - and told of a much loved father and husband who was also a fan of Charlton Athletic and the rock band Depeche Mode.

Mr Sawyer ended by saying: “His spirit will never leave us and he will remain an inspiration to us all – Keith’s blue lamp will shine bright forever.

A police officer pictured as she wipes her eye as she stands guard with a colleague outside the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in Westminster

“And on behalf of us all we say ‘Thank you’ – Keith made a difference and we will not forget.”

Hundreds of officers were seen getting off coaches as they began to arrive in Southwark (pictured) before the 2pm start

Several officers Dressed in full uniform were pictured walking through Southwark this morning on their way to Southwark Cathedral, where the funeral is taking place.

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