London attacks: Queen honours British minister who tried to save policeman

British Conservative Party politician Tobias Ellwood arrives at the Houses of Parliament on March 24, 2017.
British Conservative Party politician Tobias Ellwood arrives at the Houses of Parliament on March 24, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - British foreign affairs minister Tobias Ellwood who tried to resuscitate a police officer stabbed to death in the attack on Britain's parliament has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth, the prime minister's office said on Friday (March 24).

Ellwood and security minister Ben Wallace, who helped coordinate the government's response to Wednesday's attack, were appointed to the Privy Council, which has advised the monarch since the Norman era and is comprised of senior politicians, judges and bishops.

Ellwood, a former captain in the British army, received widespread public attention when he was pictured with blood on his face and hands after joining unsuccessful attempts to revive PC Keith Palmer, one of four people killed by Khalid Masood who ploughed a vehicle into pedestrians on a bridge and than ran through the gates of parliament armed with a knife. The attacker was shot dead by armed police officers.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attack, although it was unclear what links, if any, Masood had with the militant group.

The attack was the deadliest in Britain since 2005, when 52 people were killed by Islamist suicide bombers on London's public transport system.