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Penny Lancaster takes to the streets to police Queen’s funeral procession

Penny Lancaster, the wife of rock singer Sir Rod Stewart, has taken to the streets of central London to police the Queen's funeral procession.

Last year in April 2021, the 51 year old TV presenter and former model completed her training to become a special police constable for City of London Police.

During the Queen's funeral on Monday 19 September, Penny was spotted making her way through busy crowds in the area surrounding Westminster and Buckingham Palace while wearing the red and white chequered sleeve and cap bands of the force.

Penny began volunteering with the force after appearing in the Channel 4 show Famous And Fighting Crime, which saw celebrities swap their day jobs with those of emergency service professionals.

In November last year, Sir Rod spoke about her move on The Graham Norton Show.

He said: “She trained for eight months, and she loves it. I backed her all the way.

“She says she loves giving something back, but more importantly she wants to protect the city she loves.”

The Queen’s funeral marks the conclusion of what is being regarded as the biggest security operation the UK has ever seen, outstripping the London 2012 Olympics which saw up to 10,000 police officers on duty per day.

Thanks to her years in the entertainment industry, Penny has interacted with the new King Charles III on many occasions.

Back in April, she recalled fond memories of dancing with the King on his 60th birthday during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

She also praised the late Elizabeth II for her “omnipresence” as “she could be everywhere all of the time for everyone”.

Sir Rod and Penny have been married since 2007 and share sons Alastair Wallace, 16, and Aiden Patrick, 11, together.

Rod is also the father of six older children from previous relationships.

After the Queen's death on Thursday 8 September, Rod revealed that he had been going through an emotional time due to losing his brother days before the Queen.

He wrote on his Twitter and Instagram: "It has been a devastating 48 hours. We lost my brother Don on Tuesday at 94 and today we have all lost Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at 96."

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