PC Keith Palmer GM
PC Keith Palmer GM
22nd March 2017
48 years old
PC Palmer, though unarmed, stopped a knife-wielding terrorist from entering the Palace of Westminster during the 2017 Westminster attack; he died from wounds he received in this attack.
Memorial unveiled to honour Westminster attack police officer Keith Palmer
A national memorial has been unveiled for Keith Palmer, the police officer killed in the Westminster terror attack.
Members of his family were invited to a private reception with the Prime Minister at Downing Street on Wednesday, where they were presented with the tribute, made in Portland stone and slate.
It was then moved to its permanent home outside the Carriage Gates at the Palace of Westminster, close to where Pc Palmer was murdered on March 22 2017.
Memorial Unveiling Video
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Chairwoman of the Police Memorial Trust Geraldine Winner and the Speakers of both Houses John Bercow and Lord Fowler all attended a wreath-laying at the new memorial on Wednesday.
A plaque has also been placed inside the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, in New Palace Yard, close to where father-of-one Mr Palmer died.
Ms Dick said: “I know that I speak on behalf of all of my officers and staff when I say how immensely proud we all are of Pc Keith Palmer and this memorial will ensure that his actions will forever be remembered.
“Pc Palmer was an outstanding police officer.”
“He acted that day with no thought for his own safety, intent simply on doing his job and protecting members of the public and Parliament.
“He paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions and this memorial is a fitting and lasting tribute to the tremendous bravery he showed on that terrible day.”
Mr Palmer was stabbed to death by terrorist Khalid Masood, who stormed the gates near Parliament having mown down dozens of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
The officer was posthumously awarded the George Medal for bravery that “unquestionably saved lives”.
His memorial was organised by the Police Memorial Trust, founded by late film director Michael Winner in the wake of the murder of Yvonne Fletcher near the Libyan embassy in 1984.
His widow Mrs Winner said:
“There is no doubt that Keith’s bravery made him a true hero.
“His actions personified the service, courage and sacrifice the ordinary British bobbies give to the people of our country every single day.
“Nothing will ever ease the pain his wife, daughter and family feel but we hope our memorial will show them that their loved Keith Palmer will never be forgotten.”
The Trust has worked since 2017 to get permission to place the memorial at the Unesco World Heritage site, and has consulted with Mr Palmer’s family on the plans.
PC Palmer GM Funeral – 10-04-2017
On the morning of PC Palmers funeral a guard of Honour of Police officers from West Midlands Police formed up at The National Police Memorial whilst PC Palmers name was added to the book of remembrance housed at the Memorial.
The Trustees of the Trust gave TV, Radio and press interviews on the day of the funeral to explain the significance of adding PC Palmer’s name to book of remembrance.
The Police Memorial Trust extends their condolences to the family of PC Palmer GM and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for their loss.
The Trust placed a memorial to PC Palmer GM at the Palace of Westminster on February 20th, 2019.
Memorial Ceremony Programme
Andrew Neil pays tribute to murdered PC Keith Palmer on the BBC 'This Week' programme
Speaker John Bercow pays tribute to murdered PC Keith Palmer
Younger Generation Pay Tribute To Fallen Hero
A group of Metropolitan Police Service volunteer police cadets based in Havering have paid a special visit to the historic Palace of Westminster to pay tribute to Police Constable Keith Palmer GM who was murdered in March 2017.
The cadets formed at The Police Memorial Trust’s memorial to pay their own tribute to the officer’s service and sacrifice.
The stone which stands within a designated World Heritage site was unveiled on 20th February 2019.
Steve Lloyd of the Police Memorial Trust charity said:
“We know the fact that people visit all 51 of our memorials all year round brings some comfort to the families, friends and colleagues of fallen officers”.
“It is particularly nice to see the younger generation of our police family paying their special tribute to a fallen hero”.