Penny Lancaster had “excellent training and preparation” to be part of the police detail Monday for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.
“With all this planning going on, you can never quite predict how the crowd is. [going to] react and the dangers that could lie in wait,” the British model and TV personality, who is married to Rod Stewart, told Sky News.
“But we had great training and preparation and luckily everyone paid their respects in the proper way, and we had no incidents to speak of,” the 51-year-old said. “So, I’m very grateful for that.”
Lancaster began volunteering for the force after appearing on the reality show “Famous and Fighting Crime,” where celebrities swap day jobs with those of emergency service professionals. An inspired Lancaster became a special constable for the City of London Police in April 2021.
Lancaster joined around 15,000 officers on the streets for the funeral, which was held at Westminster Abbey. Lancaster was spotted in full uniform as thousands took to the streets and paid their respects to Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
Elizabeth died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96 years old.
“It is the greatest honor of all, to be able to serve at Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral today,” Lancaster told the PA news agency. “We were in uniform at five o’clock this morning and we didn’t know until what time we would be working. We just want to make sure all crowds get home safely. »
The star noted that despite her “long” shift, “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
“The main emphasis is on duty, but it [was] a great opportunity and [I’m] very honored to be here to honor him at the same time,” she added.
Lancaster told ‘Good Morning Britain’ last week that she was “very proud to be able to serve” during such a “historic moment” for the country.
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“It was a great privilege to work at the Queen’s memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday,” she said at the time. “I signed the Oath of Office of Constable to Her Majesty The Queen just over a year ago, in April last year, and just like the seamless bond between Her Majesty and King Charles III, my oath will henceforth be with the king.”
Last year, Stewart described his wife’s eight-month journey to becoming a cop. The couple said “yes” in 2007.
“She was completely engrossed in it and loved it,” the 77-year-old told People magazine. “She said, ‘I’m going to do it. I’m going to do all the training, all the exams. The best quote she said [is]”I want to give something back, okay, but I want to take care of the city that I love, which is London.”
“She’s part-time, working one day a week and patrolling Tower Bridge around London,” the singer explained. “She’s making arrests, and she’ll come out front…She’s tough.” She is 6’2″ tall. You can’t argue with a tall blonde.
The Queen was buried alongside her late husband Prince Philip and his parents in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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