Penny Lancaster had “great training and preparation” to join the police force for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday.
“With all that planning ahead, you can never quite predict what the crowd will be like [going to] respond and the dangers ahead,” the British model and TV personality, who is married to Rod Stewart, told Sky News.
“But we’ve had great training and preparation and luckily everyone paid their respects in the right way and we didn’t have any incidents to talk about,” said the 51-year-old. “So I’m very grateful for that.”
Lancaster began volunteering for the force after appearing on the reality TV show “Famous and Fighting Crime,” where celebrities trade their day-to-day jobs with those of first responders. An inspired Lancaster became a special police officer for the City of London Police in April 2021.
Lancaster accompanied an estimated 15,000 officers on the street for the funeral, which took place at Westminster Abbey. Lancaster was spotted in full uniform as thousands took to the streets and paid their respects to Britain’s longest serving monarch.
Elizabeth died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.
“It is the greatest honor of all to serve today at Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral,” Lancaster told PA News Agency. “We were in uniform at five this morning and we didn’t know what time we would be working. We just want to make sure all the crowds get home safely.”
The star commented that despite her “long” shift, “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
“The focus is mainly on the service, but it is also [was] a wonderful opportunity, and [I’m] very honored to be here to pay my respects at the same time,” she added.
Last week Lancaster told Good Morning Britain that she was “very proud to serve” at such a “historic moment” for the country.
“It was a great privilege to work at the Queen’s memorial service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday,” she said at the time. “I signed the oath of office of Constable to Her Majesty the Queen a little over a year ago, April last year, and like the seamless bond between Her Majesty and King Charles III, my oath will now be with the King .”
Last year, Stewart described his wife’s eight-month journey to become a police officer. The couple said ‘I do’ in 2007.
“She was completely absorbed in it and loved it,” the 77-year-old told People magazine. “She said, ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to do all the training, all the exams.’ The most beautiful quote she said [is]”I want to give something back, fine, but I want to take care of the city I love, which is London.”
“She’s part-timer, she works one day a week and patrols Tower Bridge around London,” the singer explains. “She makes arrests, and she’ll move forward… She’s tough. She is 6’2″. You can’t argue with a big blonde.”
The Queen was buried with her late husband, Prince Philip, and her parents in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.