The memorial stone, which was specially commissioned by the Police Memorial Trust, was installed at its permanent location outside Carriage Gates at the Palace of Westminster and wreaths were laid by Mrs Geraldine Winner, Chair of the Police Memorial Trust and Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick.
This followed a private unveiling of the memorial stone, which took place earlier at 10 Downing Street. There, the memorial stone was presented to PC Palmer’s family and close friends at a ceremony hosted by the Prime Minister Theresa May, which was also attended by friends and colleagues who knew and worked with PC Palmer from both the Metropolitan Police and the UK Parliament. The memorial, which is made from Portland stone with a dark slate inset, was then subsequently moved and installed at its permanent location at the Palace of Westminster.
The memorial was organised by the Police Memorial Trust, which has worked closely with PC Palmer’s family following his tragic death to ensure that they were fully consulted on all aspects of the plans and supportive of the project.
Since initial meetings with PC Palmer’s family in 2017, the Police Memorial Trust has discreetly worked with various partners including UK Parliament, Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police Service to secure the necessary permissions and access to install the memorial at the iconic location.
The memorial stone is on the public side of Carriage Gates, which will mean that it is visible and accessible for everyone to see and visit. In addition, a separate memorial plaque has also been installed within the Palace of Westminster in New Palace Yard near to the place where PC Palmer confronted his attacker.
Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Rt Hon. The Lord Fowler, Lord Speaker, said: “PC Keith Palmer was nothing short of a hero in the way he ran towards danger to ensure the safety of us all on 22 March 2017. He paid the ultimate price for doing the job he loved – and we owe him a profound debt of gratitude for his bravery.
“We are therefore proud to support the Police Memorial Trust in placing this memorial to PC Palmer at Carriage Gates. Not only will it serve as a lasting tribute to his dedication and his courage, but it will ensure visitors to this iconic site never forget the sacrifice and heroism of this brave British police officer.”