Penny Lancaster reflects on serving in police during Coronation
‘It’s a proud moment I’ll never forget’: Penny Lancaster reflects on serving as a Special Constable during King Charles’ Coronation
Penny Lancaster has reflected on the ‘honour’ she felt to serve as a police officer during the Coronation of King Charles III.
The model, 52, took to Instagram on Thursday to share a snap of the moment the King’s gold carriage passed her while she stood guard over the crowds.
In the post, Penny gushed that serving on such a historic day was ‘a proud moment she’ll never forget.’
The mother-of-two, who is married to music legend Rod Stewart, completed her training in April 2021 after beginning volunteering with the force after appearing in the Channel 4 show Famous And Fighting Crime.
She was then supported by her proud husband at her passing out parade’ in April 2022, where she received her certificate of completion.
‘Proud’: Penny Lancaster has reflected on the ‘honour’ she felt to serve as a police officer during the Coronation of King Charles III
Penny’s caption read: ‘Reflecting on The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla.
‘I was honoured to have the been given the opportunity to serve during this very special day. A very proud moment, I’ll never forget.
‘Thanks to some members of the public in the crowd that day, I have some wonderful images to cherish, thank you.’
Penny previously discussed serving on the police for King Charles’ Coronation during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.
She told the ITV programme about working at the Coronation, with her shift running between 6am and about 4pm.
The star said: ‘It was the most fabulous day and of course, tremendously proud and honoured to have been given that opportunity, along with the City of London Police, that I’m a special constable for.
‘There were the regular officers and then the specials [on duty] and, of course, we volunteer our time to help with the duties of policing, and we were stationed on Whitehall, right opposite 10 Downing Street, just behind New Scotland Yard.’
This comes after last September when she helped police the Queen’s funeral procession.
Important: The model took to Instagram on Thursday to share a snap of the moment the King’s gold carriage passed her while she stood guard over the crowds
Honoured: The mother-of-two, who is married to music legend Rod Stewart, completed her training in April 2021 (pictured serving during Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin procession)
Crowned: Penny Lancaster (bottom left in front of two grenadier guards) was on duty in Whitehall watching the crowd as the King and Queen passed by
About 11,500 police were on duty in London on Saturday.
Penny added: ‘We got to know the members of the public that were in front of us quite well. And there were people travelling from Miami and Scotland and Wales and all over.
‘And it was just incredible to see the different generations there were, you know, grandparents with their little chairs out, and there were little toddlers on dads’ shoulders, and everyone [with] painted faces and waving flags.’
She said: ‘So we got to chat and engage with the public and, of course, our priority was to make sure that the ceremony and the passing of the carriages, the procession went smoothly without being interrupted.’
The Loose Women panellist added that she worked closely with officers of the Met who had armour, batons and handcuffs, but that she and her colleagues were in ‘very smart tunics’.
She said: ‘Our main message to us was to be smart and look smart, and to be alert and just to inform our inspectors and those officers in the crowd if we saw anything suspicious but luckily it was a fantastic atmosphere…’ Lancaster said if someone has tried to come over the barrier she ‘would have most certainly intervened’.
She added she was ‘really, really proud of our royal family and the connection that they have around the world’.
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