Friendly MET police officer lends his hat to the people

Met Police officer goes viral after he’s filmed posing for selfies and lending his hat to members of the public for photos as they queued to see the Queen lying-in-state

  • A friendly Met Police officer lent his hat to the crowds queueing in London
  • The unknown officer, passed his police hat to people so they could take pictures 
  • Many took to the streets in London to pay respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II
  • The wholesome clip was captured by the BBC as they zoomed in on the crowd
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

A Met Police officer has been praised for his approachable and professional behaviour after he was filmed posing for photos with members of the public who were queuing to see the Queen lying-in-state. 

The police officer, whose name has not been released, was captured on BBC cameras as he interacted with mourners queuing through central London yesterday, ahead of Westminster Hall being opened to the public. 

The officer passed his hat to passersby so they could pose for a quintessentially ‘British’ photo and even joined them for a selfie. 

The small act of kindness was praised by Twitter users after the footage was shared online by former police officer Dave Thomas @DCT_audio, who wrote: ‘If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings nor lose the common touch’ RK Still the best police service in the world.’

A friendly MET police officer lent his hat to the crowds queueing to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday at Buckingham Palace

The unknown officer, passed his police hat to a group of woman and a child so they could take pictures wearing it

The wholesome clip was captured by BBC cameras as they zoomed in on the crowd making their way to the palace

A few hours later the video was re-shared by the proud officers wife Agatha who wrote: ‘My amazing husband doing what he loves best. #leadership #policing #community’

In a comment under the clip Agatha gushed: ‘This is my husband. He’s not on Twitter but I’ll share your messages with him. 

‘Thanks so much for your kind words. This is a side of policing that is rarely seen or publicised but it’s the part of the job that he loves.’

A few hours later the video was re-shared by the proud officers wife Agatha, who said her ‘amazing husband’ is ‘doing what he loves best’

Many people rushed to the comments to thank the officer for his kindness during a day of mourning Her Majesty. 

One person said: ‘Your husband is a credit to his uniform, and his country. An excellent example of public engagement. Others should learn from his example. 

Another person said: ‘Agatha, from an old cop, please let your husband know he is doing the job right. We solved an attempted murder because of good and genuine community relations. Exactly what appears in that video. What your husband is doing is awesome.’

While another wrote: ‘I loved seeing this. Your husband is a credit to the uniform and should be proud. He made a number of peoples days there too man.’   

Hundreds of thousands of mourners have been queuing to pay their final respects to the monarch following her death at Balmoral on Thursday.  

Many people rushed to the comments to thank the officer for his kindness during a day of mourning Her Majesty

Crowds lined the streets of central London as she was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon.  

A short service was held involving the Royal Family at the Palace of Westminster, before members of the public were given access to pay their respects from 5pm.   

Thousands of well-wishers have passed through the historic hall throughout the evening and into the early hours of this morning.

Mourners waiting to pay their respects have been given colour-coded wristbands in order to temporarily leave the queue to buy food and use the toilet.

Stewards staffing the route have also been advised to spot people who may be struggling, take them out of the queue for a ‘cup of tea’. They may then be allowed closer to the front.

The Palace of Westminster will remain open 24 hours a day until 6.30am on Monday – the day of the Queen’s funeral.

The moment the first members of the public walked inside the Palace of Westminster to see the Queen’s coffin as she lies in state until Monday

Members of the public pay their respects as they pass the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster this evening

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