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London - Day Of Tears: UK Police Honor Officer Slain Near Parliament

Published on: April 10, 2017 10:33 AM
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A coffin carrying the late PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the London attack on March 22, is carried into the Houses of Parliament to rest overnight in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in London, Sunday, April 9, 2017. Palmer's funeral is due to take place at Southwark Cathedral in London on Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)A coffin carrying the late PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the London attack on March 22, is carried into the Houses of Parliament to rest overnight in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in London, Sunday, April 9, 2017. Palmer's funeral is due to take place at Southwark Cathedral in London on Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

London -  Several thousand police officers from across Britain lined the streets of London Monday for the funeral procession of a fellow officer killed in an extremist attack last month.

Constable Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood on March 22 in the cobbled forecourt of the Palace of Westminster, Parliament’s home.

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Two minutes of silence were observed by police throughout the country and by many others to pay respects to the 48-year-old husband and father killed in the line of duty.

Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the turnout was impressive.

“We all want to pay honor to the ultimate sacrifice that Keith made,” she said.

Palmer’s coffin lay overnight in a chapel at Parliament after special permission was granted by Queen Elizabeth II.

During the funeral procession, it was covered with a floral tribute that read: “Number 1 Daddy.”

Some 50 members his family, including his wife, child and parents, attended the service at Southwark Cathedral.

Masood killed four other victims as he rammed pedestrians on Westminster Bridge with a rented SUV. He was shot dead by police after stabbing Palmer.

Police officers listen to the funeral service for PC Keith Palmer at the Southwark Cathedral in London, Monday, April 10, 2017. Unarmed PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by British attacker Khalid Masood who drove a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster bridge and then fatally stabbed the police officer outside Parliament on March 22. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, pool)Police officers listen to the funeral service for PC Keith Palmer at the Southwark Cathedral in London, Monday, April 10, 2017. Unarmed PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by British attacker Khalid Masood who drove a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster bridge and then fatally stabbed the police officer outside Parliament on March 22. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, pool)


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