PC Keith Palmer, who was tragically stabbed to death by Westminster terrorist attacker Khalid Masood, will be given the special honour of being placed in the Palace of Westminster ahead of a full police funeral on Monday.
The 48-year-old officer was guarding the Houses of Parliament when the Muslim convert murdered him after ploughing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
PC Palmer’s coffin will be placed in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft today to rest for 24 hours before his funeral.
The rare state honour, usually reserved for royalty and leading parliamentarians, requires the consent of the Queen and the most recent recipients included Margaret Thatcher and Tony Benn.
A full police funeral will take place for the outstanding officer at Southwark Cathedral on Monday where thousands of his colleagues from across the country will line the route to pay their respects.
PC Palmer was married, had a five-year-old daughter, and had served in the Metropolitan Police for 15 years.
Masood’s attack killed four other people when he drove along the pavement, including Aysha Fradem Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes, and Andreea Cristea.
Our thoughts are with all those killed in the attacks and the highest respects to PC Palmer.