The Queen has honoured the police officer murdered in the Westminster terror attack by allowing his body to rest in the Palace of Westminster ahead of his funeral. PC Palmer’s coffin will be transported from Westminster to Southwark Cathedral on Monday where a full police funeral will take place.
Pc Keith Palmer, 48, was guarding the Houses of Parliament last month when terrorist Khalid Masood stabbed him to death. Moments earlier Masood, a Muslim convert, had caused carnage on Westminster Bridge by driving his car at high speed into the crowds.
Pc Palmer’s coffin will be taken to the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster where it will remain for 24 hours before his funeral. The rare honour is usually reserved for leading parliamentarians and requires the consent of the Queen. The married officer, who had a five-year-old daughter, had served in the Metropolitan Police for 15-years.