Boris Johnson struggles with umbrella at police memorial

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Published on 28 Jul 2021, 13:38
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives Prince Charles the giggles as he struggles with an umbrella while attending the dedication of the UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

BORIS Johnson hailed Britain's policing heroes as he was joined by Prince Charles and Katherine Jenkins at the unveiling of a monument to officers killed in the line of duty.

The PM said the new memorial at the national arboretum in Staffordshire would give people a place to show their "support" and "love" for officers who risk their lives daily to keep the public safe.

He was snapped alongside the Prince of Wales as the pair sheltered under umbrellas from the rain at the grand opening of the £4 million monument.

The PM appeared to struggle with his brolly as the onlooking royal giggled in a brief moment of levity before the service began.

Speaking ahead of today's unveiling, Boris said: "It takes a very special kind of person to be a police officer.

"When you pull on that uniform, each day, you have little idea of what's going to be asked of you, what dangers, you might face.

"All you know for sure is that anything could happen, and that there's a chance, however small that you won't be going home to your loved ones at the end of your shift.

"Yet every day, you'd go out and serve the public all the same.

"Whether you're a bobby on the beat, chasing down criminals or a dedicated detective leading complex investigations, you protect the vulnerable, confront the country's most dangerous individuals, and offer comfort to those in the darkest moments of their lives.

"And that's why the names of officers, lost in the line of duty are so seared into our national collective consciousness.

"Because we know that if it were not for your dedication, your selflessness, your daily willingness to run towards danger, we would simply not be able to live our lives and safety and security and freedom."

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