Thousands of UK police pay respects to officer killed in attack

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A police officer carries the helmet of PC Keith Palmer into Southwark Cathedral for his funeral, in central London, Britain April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Frank Augstein/Pool
A police officer reacts outside Southwark Cathedral during the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the recent Westminster attack, in central London, Britain April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Police officers wait in silence for the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the Westminster attack, to be carried into Southwark Cathedral for his funeral, in central London, Britain April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Frank Augstein/Pool
The hearse carrying the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the March 22 Westminster terror attack, leaves the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft within the Palace of Westminster, heading to his funeral at Southwark Cathedral in central London, Britain April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool
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 April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Frank Augstein/Pool
A single red rose is pictured in Westminster in front of the police helmet of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the March 22 Westminster terror attack, ahead of his funeral at Southwark Cathedral in central London, Britain April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool
An onlooker reacts as the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the recent Westminster attack, is transported from the Palace of Westminster, where it laid overnight, to his funeral at Southwark Cathedral in central London, Britain April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: A Police officer holds an order of service as they wait for the coffin of PC Keith Palmer to be carried into the Southwark Cathedral, on April 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. A Full Force funeral is held for PC Keith Palmer who was killed in a terrorist attack in Westminster whilst on duty on March 22, 2017. The funeral is attended by his family, including his wife and child, and officers from the Metropolitan Police who served alongside him. Officers from the wider service across England and Wales also attend to honour their fallen colleague. (Photo by Frank Augstein - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Police officers line the route in Southwark as the funeral procession of PC Keith Palmer makes its way to Southwark Cathedral, on April 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. A Full Force funeral is held for PC Keith Palmer who was killed in a terrorist attack in Westminster whilst on duty on March 22, 2017. The funeral is attended by his family, including his wife and child, and officers from the Metropolitan Police who served alongside him. Officers from the wider service across England and Wales also attend to honour their fallen colleague. (Photo by Hannah McKay - Pool Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: A bunch of flowers lie on the pavement as Police officer line the route of the funeral cortege of PC Keith Palmer on Southwalk Street on April 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. A Full Force funeral is held for PC Keith Palmer who was killed in a terrorist attack in Westminster whilst on duty on March 22, 2017. The funeral is attended by his family, including his wife and child, and officers from the Metropolitan Police who served alongside him. Officers from the wider service across England and Wales also attend to honour their fallen colleague. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
A couple hug as a Police officer lowers his head as the hearse carrying the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the March 22 Westminster terror attack arrives at Southwark Cathedral on April 10, 2017, Palmer was fatally stabbed as he stood guard in front of Britain's Houes of Parliament in Westminster on March 22, 2017, by Khalid Masood, after the 52 year-old convert to Islam drove into pedestrians at high speed near parliament, killing four other people. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Police officers line the route of the funeral cortege of PC Keith Palmer on Southwalk Street on April 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. A Full Force funeral is held for PC Keith Palmer who was killed in a terrorist attack in Westminster whilst on duty on March 22, 2017. The funeral is attended by his family, including his wife and child, and officers from the Metropolitan Police who served alongside him. Officers from the wider service across England and Wales also attend to honour their fallen colleague. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: The funeral cortege of PC Keith Palmer makes its way from The Palace of Westminster to Southwark Cathedral on April 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. A Full Force funeral is held for PC Keith Palmer who was killed in a terrorist attack in Westminster whilst on duty on March 22, 2017. The funeral is attended by his family, including his wife and child, and officers from the Metropolitan Police who served alongside him. Officers from the wider service across England and Wales also attend to honour their fallen colleague. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) - Thousands of police officers across Britain marked a two-minute silence on Monday to coincide with the funeral of Constable Keith Palmer who was killed in last month's attack outside parliament in London.

Palmer was fatally stabbed by Khalid Masood who had plowed a rented car into pedestrians, killing five in total before he was shot dead.

Hundreds of uniformed officers lined the cortege route from a chapel at the parliament building where Palmer's body had lain overnight to Southwark Cathedral beside the River Thames.

A floral tribute on the hearse to the 48-year-old who was married with a daughter simply read: "No. 1 Daddy."

Among mourners at the cathedral was new London police chief Cressida Dick, on her first day in the role.

Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council, told the BBC: "I don't think we will have ever seen a police funeral of this size..."

Palmer had not hesitated to act when confronted by a terrorist, she said.

"His bravery and his courage are something that all officers are very proud of," she added, "but also there is a tremendous sense of sadness and of loss."

Palmer's name was also added to the National Police Memorial, which records the names of those killed in the line of duty, during a ceremony in London.

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