Thousands honour policeman killed in London attack

Police officers pay their respects to Constable Keith Palmer who was killed in last month's attack outside parliament in London.VIDEO: REUTERS
Police officers line the street as the coffin of policeman Keith Palmer is transported to Southwark Cathedral.
Police officers line the street as the coffin of policeman Keith Palmer is transported to Southwark Cathedral. PHOTO: REUTERS
Pall bearers carry the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the Westminster attack, into Southwark Cathedral for his funeral, in central London, Britain on April 10, 2017.
Pall bearers carry the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the Westminster attack, into Southwark Cathedral for his funeral, in central London, Britain on April 10, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
A police officer reacts outside Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the recent Westminster attack, in central London, Britain on April 10, 2017.
A police officer reacts outside Southwark Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the recent Westminster attack, in central London, Britain on April 10, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
A girl looks at floral tributes for PC Keith Palmer during the funeral parade outside Parliament in London, Britain, on April 10, 2017.
A girl looks at floral tributes for PC Keith Palmer during the funeral parade outside Parliament in London, Britain, on April 10, 2017. PHOTO: EPA
The hearse carrying PC Keith Palmer is driven through Southwark for a full Police funeral at Southwark Cathedral, south east London, Britain,  on April 10, 2017.
The hearse carrying PC Keith Palmer is driven through Southwark for a full Police funeral at Southwark Cathedral, south east London, Britain, on April 10, 2017.

LONDON (AFP) - Thousands of police officers attended the funeral in London on Monday (April 10) of Keith Palmer, the policeman stabbed to death in a terror attack outside the British parliament last month.

Officers lined the cortege route from the Houses of Parliament, where his body lay in rest on Sunday in a rare honour normally granted to senior politicians.

The service took place across the River Thames in Southwark Cathedral, with Palmer's wife and five-year-old daughter in attendance.

Normally bustling streets in central London were at a standstill for the procession, led by the hearse with a floral tribute reading "No 1 Daddy".

Officers wearing dress uniform with white gloves and medals stood with heads bowed during a two-minute silence at the start of the service.

Some 5,000 officers from around the country took part, along with Cressida Dick, the first female head of London's Metropolitan Police.

Palmer, 48, was killed on March 22 by a 52-year-old convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, as he stood guard outside parliament.

Masood attacked Palmer after he had driven into pedestrians nearby, killing three and fatally injuring a fourth. He was shot dead by an armed officer.

Parliamentary officials have ordered a security review after it was revealed that Palmer was not armed.

In addition, the vehicle entrance gate to parliament which he was guarding was open, as it often is to allow MPs in and out of the building more easily.

Palmer's body was taken to a chapel inside parliament on Sunday, where a private service was held after Queen Elizabeth II granted special dispensation.

Others who have previously been granted the honour include former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.