Penny Lancaster was police marshal for Queen Elizabeth's coffin at London airbase

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Penny Lancaster in her role in City of London Police keeping order outside RAF Northolt, London, UK, on 13 September, 2022. (Shutterstock)
Penny Lancaster worked as a police marshal at RAF airbase where Queen Elizabeth's coffin landed. (Shutterstock)

Penny Lancaster was one of the police officers on duty at the RAF airbase where Queen Elizabeth II's coffin landed on its way to Buckingham Palace.

The model wife of rock star Sir Rod Stewart - who qualified as a Special Constable volunteer police officer in 2021 - worked with the City Of London police marshalling the crowds outside RAF Northolt, where the plane carrying the late Queen landed after leaving Scotland.

Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 on Thursday 8 September at her beloved Scottish residence Balmoral Castle.

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The coffin had been Lying-In-State at Holyrood House in Edinburgh before it was flown to London, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth's daughter Princess Anne, to rest at Buckingham Palace overnight before it is moved to Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth II greets Sir Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster at an awards ceremony in 2016. (Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II greets Sir Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster at an awards ceremony in 2016. (Getty Images)

Lancaster, 51, was seen helping a member of the public in a wheelchair, as well as assisting another with the fold-up chair they had brought with them while they lined the streets to pay their respects to the late Queen.

The Loose Women panellist told Good Morning Britain: "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 at."

'Loose Women' star Penny Lancaster threatened with stabbing on 'Famous and Fighting Crime'
Penny Lancaster was threatened with stabbing on Famous and Fighting Crime. (Channel 4)

Lancaster also recalled dancing with King Charles III at his 60th birthday party, to husband Rod Stewart's hit 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?'

She said: "It was his 60th birthday and he had asked Rod to perform and 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.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried off a plane by the Queen's Colour Squadron at RAF Northolt. (Getty Images)
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried off a plane by the Queen's Colour Squadron at RAF Northolt. (Getty Images)

"While Rod was performing I was on the dance floor with Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, William and Harry. It was an incredible family event."

Lancaster qualified as a police officer in 2021 and regularly patrols the streets of London as part of her 200-hours-a-year volunteer role.

She revealed in March that she had made her first arrest, after stopping a driver who tested positive for being under the influence of cannabis.

King Charles III jokes with Sir Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster during the opening of a Prince's Trust shop in London in 2013. (PA)
King Charles III jokes with Sir Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster during the opening of a Prince's Trust shop in London in 2013. (PA)

Lancaster confessed: "I did get a bit of a stage struck moment where I felt all the words of the caution had left me but luckily they came into action and all my training proved important there."

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The model also revealed she had saved someone from taking their own life while patrolling a bridge.

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