Penny Lancaster had a unique perspective during her Majesty’s farewell.
The British model and TV personality, 51, who is married to Rod Stewart, gave her “great training and preparation” for a busy day when she told Sky News about being part of the police detail on Monday for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral .
“With all that planning going on, you can’t quite predict what the crowd is going to be like [going to] reaction and the dangers we might face,” Lancaster said. So, I’m very grateful for that.”
She explained that Operation London Bridge was “immediately activated” after the Queen’s death, and was informed of duties by phone.
Shutterstock Penny Lancaster trained to become a special constable with the City of London Police after appearing on the reality TV show Famous and Fighting Crime
Lancaster, who is a special constable with the City of London Police, said she was “very proud to be able to serve” during such a “historic moment” for the country as she announced her state funeral duty last week on . Good morning Wales.
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Jack Hill – WPA Pool/Getty Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 on Thursday, September 8 and her state funeral was held on Monday at Westminster Abbey before being laid to rest at Windsor Castle.
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“It was a great privilege to work at the Queen’s memorial service in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday,” she said. “I signed the oath of Constable to Her Majesty the Queen just over a year ago, April last year, and just like the seamless link between Her Majesty and King Charles III, my oath will now be with the King.”
Stewart, 77, detailed his wife’s eight-month journey to becoming a police officer to PEOPLE last year after she was inspired by her looks on Celebrities and Crime Fightinga reality show where celebrities ride alongside real officials.
“She totally went with it and loved it,” he said in November. “She said, ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to do all the training, all the exams.’ The cutest quote she said [is]’I want to give something back, all right, but I want to take care of the city I love, London.'”
Dave J Hogan/Getty Rod Stewart has been married to Penny Lancaster since 2007 and they have two children
“She’s a part-time worker, she works one day a week and patrols the Tower Bridge around London. She makes arrests, and she’ll go out front… She’s tough. She’s 6′ 2″. [You] Can’t argue with a big blonde,” Stewart said.
Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 96 on Thursday, September 8. Her death follows her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died aged 99 in April 2021. She is immediately succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III, 73, who is now the monarch it.
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The Queen’s coffin traveled to Westminster Hall in a solemn procession on Wednesday, and has since lain in state for mourners to pay their respects.
More than 2,000 people from around the world gathered on Monday at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral, before she was laid to rest at Windsor Castle.