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Penny Lancaster is thankful there were no incidents at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Model-turned-police officer Penny Lancaster served at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at RAF Northolt on Monday and has admitted she is “grateful” there were no incidents.

Rod Stewart’s wife was spotted in front of the Queen’s coffin as Her Majesty was driven to Buckingham Palace.

In a video, Penny said she was glad there were no major incidents at the funeral and said the public “duefully paid their respects”.

“You can never predict exactly how the crowd will react and what dangers may lie ahead,” Penny said in a clip shared by Sky News.

“But we had great training and preparation and luckily everyone paid their respects in the right way and we didn’t have any incidents to speak of.”

She added: “So, [I’m] very grateful for that.’

The 51-year-old television personality, who started working as a Special Constable with the City of London Police last year, also said on Monday that her role was “the greatest honor of all”.

Speaking to the PA’s new agency, Penny said: “I think it’s (same reason) why every officer wanted to be here today because we swore an oath to the Queen to serve in the constable’s office.

“It is the greatest honor of all to be able to serve at Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral today.

“We were in uniform at 0500 this morning and don’t know what time we will be working until. We just want to make sure all the crowds get home safely.”

Penny added, “It was quite a long shift today, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

The monarch arrived at the RAF base tonight after flying from Edinburgh this afternoon, and crowds gathered to pay their respects on her journey to the palace.

Police were on hand to organize the crowd, including Penny in her role as a special police officer.

She auditioned for the role after appearing on the reality TV show Famous and Fighting Crime, where she joined officers.

She’s clocked up many hours in the role since then, and earlier this year she revealed she made an arrest after stopping a suspect while driving drugs.

Earlier today, ahead of the Queen’s arrival at the RAF base, Penny was pictured alongside colleagues as she engaged with members of the public and united crowds.

While filming Famous and Fighting Crime, the reality show that inspired Penny to run for law enforcement, she was once confronted by a drug dealer who threatened to stab her.

The mother-of-two, who married Sir Rod in 2007, said the experience inspired her to become a police officer.

Speaking about her role on BBC One’s Crimewatch Live earlier this year, she said: “It’s around 200 hours a year, which for me equates to one duty a week on the City of London Square Mile, including the bridges there.

“It’s mainly foot patrol but I also get the opportunity to try other areas of policing such as working in vehicles, working with sniffer dogs and operations like the London Marathon, the Lord Mayor’s Show and the upcoming Jubilee.

“I think being a mother and having the patience and empathy to deal with teenagers is especially helpful.

“One often thinks of police work and crime, but one is dealing with victims.”

Penny said Sir Rod, 77, is supporting her, although he is concerned about the dangers involved.

She added: “He is always supportive in whatever I get into and in doing so he has recognized the enthusiasm, joy and reward I have derived from it.

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