Officers from south join colleagues for funeral of PC Keith Palmer

His funeral procession - led by the Metropolitan Police Colour Party and a "Black Guard" of mounted officers - travelled from the Palace of Westminster along Millbank before crossing Lambeth Bridge.

The service is said to expect upwards of 5,000 men and women from police forces across the United Kingdom in addition to members of Palmer's family and other notable guests. "Police Constable Keith Palmer did just that to protect life and to protect Parliament - and he did not waver - he stood firm and made that ultimate sacrifice in doing his duty".

Palmer's remains had been brought to Westminster Chapel, next to the Palace of Westminster, on Sunday and remained there overnight - a procedure usually reserved for heads of state and granted by special permission from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Ms Thornton said the gesture had had a "tremendous impact" on police as they go about their duty.

She said: "Keith didn't hesitate to act when confronted by a terrorist - his bravery and his courage are something that all officers are very proud of, but also there is a tremendous sense of sadness and of loss".

Hudson-Wilkin will then stay with the body overnight before it is escorted to Southwark Cathedral on Monday for a full police service funeral.

PC Keith Palmer arrives at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft within the Palace of Westminster, ahead of a full police funeral at Southwark Cathedral today.

A two minute silence was observed at 2pm as PC Keith Palmer's funeral began in London.

The pallbearers were met outside the cathedral by Nunn and other members of the clergy, and the silence was held. He died aged 48.

Andreea Cristea, 31, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Kurt Cochran, 54, and Aysha Frade, 44, died after Masood ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

She praised the turnout from police and members of the public, who lined the barriers along the route hours before the funeral began.

More than 5,000 officers spread along the two-mile cortege route to Southwark Cathedral.

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