Rod Stewart's wife 'Special Constable' Penny Lancaster helps police crowds during Queen's funeral
Penny Lancaster, who became a special constable in 2021, was spotted in uniform and on duty, making her way through crowds near Westminster Abbey
LONDON, UK: Former model Penny Lancaster was spotted helping out as one of the police members on duty in Central London for the Queen's funeral on September 19. She had completed her training to become a "special constable" last year in 2021.
Penny, a former TV presenter, is married to singer Rod Stewart. The Queen's funeral is being touted as the biggest policing effort in British history, as per Lad Bible, with officers being brought in from all over the UK.
According to the outlet, security arrangements are bigger than the 2012 Olympic Games, an event which required 10,000 officers on the streets of the capital. With police on standby and a huge force required to do so, Penny is one of many officers tasked with keeping London safe during the funeral.
The 51-year-old was spotted in uniform in the streets of the capital as she made her way through crowds near Westminster Abbey. Penny had started volunteering as a police constable after her appearance in Channel 4 show 'Famous and Fighting Crime,' where celebrities swapped their day jobs with people in the emergency services.
Oh yeah, saw Penny Lancaster on duty as well 😅 pic.twitter.com/gBKhdWpSdT— Nathan Jordan (@NathanJordan85) September 19, 2022
Penny had also met the late Queen and new King Charles III on various occasions as her husband has performed for the royals many times. Her husband was also knighted for his services to music. As per Express UK, Penny told 'Good Morning Britain' about how Her Majesty had a "great" sense of humour. Penny revealed to host Susanna Reid, "absolutely, she always liked it when something went wrong - any opportunity to have a laugh. She really had a great sense of humour." The former model added, "it was a great privilege to work at the Queen's memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral. "I signed the oath of Office of Constable to Her Majesty the Queen just over a year ago, April last year, and just as the seamless tie between Her Majesty and King Charles III, my oath will now be with the King."
Meanwhile, Penny's husband Rod Stewart took to Twitter on Thursday, September 9, to offer condolences for the Queen's death. In the same tweet, he broke the news about his sibling, stating that it has been a difficult two days for him. He wote, "it has been a devastating 48 hours. My brother Don passed on Tuesday at 94 and today Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at 96. Like Don, the Queen has been a presence all through my life as a great unifier. A shining star that will never fade in our hearts and souls," his tweet read. The cause of death has, however, been kept private as of now.
It has been a devastating 48 hours. My brother Don passed on Tuesday at 94 and today Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at 96.— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) September 8, 2022
Like Don, the Queen has been a presence all through my life as a great unifier. A shining star that will never fade in our hearts and souls. pic.twitter.com/9FKYrQQ3kN
As the Queen was laid to rest on September 19, security was tight. Armed sharpshooters were stationed on the roofs looking out for possible threats, while over a thousand officers lined the streets to stand between the Queen's funeral procession and huge gatherings of mourners.