Sir Rod Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster was on-duty police officer guarding Queen’s coffin at RAF Northolt
Penny Lancaster joined the police force in 2020 as a volunteer and was back in action as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin made its way to Buckingham Palace
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Penny, who is from Chelmsford, was seen chatting to members of the public and even helped a woman into a wheelchair.
Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 on Thursday, 8 September, at her Balmoral Castle home in Scotland.
The monarch’s coffin was flown to London, accompanied by Princess Anne, after Lying-In-State at Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
Her Majesty will be laid to rest after a state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, 19 September.
The RAF plane carrying the Queen’s coffin touched down at RAF Northolt in west London at around 6.55 pm.
Those wishing to pay their respects will be able to file solemnly past the Queen’s coffin 24 hours a day from 5 pm on Wednesday until 6.30 am on the day of the funeral.
Lancaster announced she would be on duty for the historic event during an appearance on Good Morning Britain this week.
“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,” she told hosts, Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid.
She added: “I have extreme pride to serve on the streets of London on Friday and I will be again on Wednesday when the Queen’s cortege and on Monday, which is a historic moment I’ll be very proud to be able to serve.”
The former model received her police badge in 2021 and is a fully-qualified volunteer special constable.
She joined the City of London police force in 2020 after being inspired by her appearance on Channel 4’s Famous and Fighting Crime in 2019.
Lancaster paid tribute to the Queen following her death last week with a heartfelt Instagram post.
She wrote: “May Her Majesty’s memory be a blessing may she rest in peace. Prayers and thoughts are with the family of our wonderful Queen, as they come together at this very sad time.”
She recently revealed that she danced with King Charles at his 60th birthday celebrations.
Penny recalled dancing with Charles as her husband Rod Stewart performed his hit track Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Penny said: “It was his 60th birthday, and he had asked Rod to perform. He asked if I would be the first on the dance floor because you can imagine people being nervous and not knowing the protocol, who should get up first.
“So he asked in the drink reception if I would do the first dance, so it would get everyone up.
“It was an incredible family event.”