‘This is the biggest honour of all’: Penny Lancaster dons her police uniform to serve at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at RAF Northolt
The television personality, 51, who started working as a special constable with the City of London Police last year, said her role was ‘the biggest honour of all.’
Honour: Penny Lancaster, 51, donned her police uniform to serve at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at RAF Northolt on Monday
Speaking to the PA new agency, Penny said: ‘I think it’s (the same reason) why every officer wanted to be here today, because we swore an oath to the Queen to serve in the office of constable.
‘This is the biggest honour of all, to be able to serve today on Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral.
‘We were in uniform by 0500 this morning and we don’t know what time we will be working until. We just want to make sure that all the crowds get home safely.’
Funeral: The wife of Rod Stewart was spotted in front of the Queen’s coffin as Her Majesty was driven to Buckingham Palace (Queen Elizabeth II pictured in June 2022)
Penny added: Today has been quite a long shift, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.’
The monarch arrived at the RAF base earlier this evening, after flying from Edinburgh this afternoon, and crowds gathered to pay their respects as she made her journey to the Palace.
Police were on the scene to marshal crowds, among them, Penny, in her role as a special constable.
Incredible: Speaking to the PA new agency, Penny said: ‘I think it’s (the same reason) why every officer wanted to be here today, because we swore an oath to the Queen to serve’
Role: Penny (pictured, right, in a high vis jacket) was among the police marshalling crowds around RAF Northolt, where the Queen’s coffin arrived after being flown from Edinburgh
Job: The former model, who is married to Rod Stewart, was seen engaging with members of the public outside RAF Northolt in West London
She applied for the role after taking part in reality TV programme Famous and Fighting Crime where she joined officers on the beat.
Since then, she has undertaken many hours in the role, and earlier this year revealed she had made an arrest after pulling over a drug driving suspect.
Earlier today, ahead of the Queen’s arrival at the RAF base, Penny was pictured alongside colleagues, engaging with members of the public, and marshalling crowds .
Proud: Penny (pictured earlier today in West London) started working as a special constable with the City of London Police last year after completing training
Special constable: The wife of Rod Stewart was seen engaging with members of the public as she fulfilled her role today
Duties: At one point during her shift, Penny (pictured) was seen talking with an unidentified driver outside the RAF base
While filming Famous and Fighting Crime, the reality show that inspired Penny to apply for the force, she was at one point confronted by a drug dealer who threatened to stab her.
The mother-of-two, who married Sir Rod in 2007, said the experience inspired her to become a police officer.
Speaking about her role on BBC One’s Crimewatch Live earlier this year, she said: ‘It’s roughly about 200 hours a year which equates for myself to one duty a week in the City of London Square Mile including bridges there.
Smiling: Penny (pictured earlier today in West London) appeared to be happy while on duty performing her role as a special constable
Procession: Crowds appear to have gathered around the RAF base, ahead of the Queen’s casket arriving at there this evening
Serving: Among her duties today, Penny was snapped engaging with the public, as well as marshalling the growing crowds
‘It’s predominantly foot patrol but I also get the opportunity to try other areas of policing out like working in vehicles, working with the sniffer dogs and operations like the London Marathon, the Lord Mayor’s Show and coming up the Jubilee.
‘I think being a mum and having the patience and the empathy to deal with teenagers in particular helps.
‘A lot of the time you think policing and you think crime but you’re dealing with victims.’
Brave: Penny, pictured here on patrol with the City of London Police in August 2021, revealed earlier this year that she’d made her first arrest
Penny said Sir Rod, 77, is supportive of her although he does worry about the dangers involved.
She added: ‘He’s always supportive in whatever I like to venture into and with this in particular he realised the amount of enthusiasm and joy and reward I got from it.
‘Of course, he worries about the natural risks involved but with the support I’ve got around me, and letting him know when I’m back at the station and safe to head home, he’s able to go back to sleep.’
Amazing: Penny, pictured with her husband Rod Stewart outside Annabels in Mayfair on March 5, said she does approximately one day a week to complete her 200-hour-a-year commitment