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Prince William and Harry host police officers at Kensington Palace



  • Winners of Met Excellence Awards attend reception at Kensington Palace in London today
  • Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry congratulated them on their work and achievements
  • Winners were chosen in 13 categories, including police officer and investigation of the year
  • Pc Keith Palmer was posthumously honoured for his response to Westminster terror attack

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 11:03 EDT, 13 March 2018 | Updated: 11:19 EDT, 13 March 2018

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The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry today hosted police officers, staff and volunteers honoured by the Metropolitan Police.

Winners of the Met Excellence Awards attended a reception at Kensington Palace this afternoon hosted by the pair, who congratulated them on their hard work and achievements.

The seventh annual awards ceremony, hosted by LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari last Friday, celebrated the work of police officers in London.

Winners were chosen in 13 categories, including police officer of the year and investigation of the year.

Pc Keith Palmer was posthumously honoured at the ceremony for his heroic response during the Westminster terror attack.

The officer, who was stabbed to death when he confronted attacker Khalid Masood outside the Houses of Parliament last March, was named the winner of the outstanding bravery of the year prize.

Prince Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers as he and William host the winners of The Met Excellence Awards today
Prince Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers as he and William host the winners of The Met Excellence Awards today

Prince Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers as he and William host the winners of The Met Excellence Awards today

The Duke of Cambridge hosted winners of The Met Excellence Awards at Kensington Palace in London this afternoon
The Duke of Cambridge hosted winners of The Met Excellence Awards at Kensington Palace in London this afternoon

The Duke of Cambridge hosted winners of The Met Excellence Awards at Kensington Palace in London this afternoon

Prince Harry talks with MP Tobias Ellwood, who received a police bravery award for trying to save the life of PC Keith Palmer
Prince Harry talks with MP Tobias Ellwood, who received a police bravery award for trying to save the life of PC Keith Palmer

Prince Harry talks with MP Tobias Ellwood, who received a police bravery award for trying to save the life of PC Keith Palmer

William talks to Shaun Cartwright, who collected the Outstanding Bravery Award posthumously awarded to PC Keith Palmer
William talks to Shaun Cartwright, who collected the Outstanding Bravery Award posthumously awarded to PC Keith Palmer

William talks to Shaun Cartwright, who collected the Outstanding Bravery Award posthumously awarded to PC Keith Palmer

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (centre) thanks attendees, including MP Tobias Ellwood (second right)
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (centre) thanks attendees, including MP Tobias Ellwood (second right)

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (centre) thanks attendees, including MP Tobias Ellwood (second right)

Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers following the annual celebration recognising police officers, staff and volunteers
Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers following the annual celebration recognising police officers, staff and volunteers

Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers following the annual celebration recognising police officers, staff and volunteers

Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers at Kensington Palace as the royals host winners of The Met Excellence Awards
Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers at Kensington Palace as the royals host winners of The Met Excellence Awards

Harry talks with Metropolitan Police officers at Kensington Palace as the royals host winners of The Met Excellence Awards

Police officers smile as they attend a reception for the winners of The Met Excellence Awards at Kensington Palace in London
Police officers smile as they attend a reception for the winners of The Met Excellence Awards at Kensington Palace in London

Police officers smile as they attend a reception for the winners of The Met Excellence Awards at Kensington Palace in London

Harry and William talk with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Commander Stuart Cundy (far left) today
Harry and William talk with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Commander Stuart Cundy (far left) today

Harry and William talk with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Commander Stuart Cundy (far left) today

Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick laughs as she talks with police officer of the year, PC Philip Stone (left)
Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick laughs as she talks with police officer of the year, PC Philip Stone (left)

Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick laughs as she talks with police officer of the year, PC Philip Stone (left)

William and Harry talk to Commissioner Dick, PC Stone and police staff of the year, Claire Summers (far left), this afternoon
William and Harry talk to Commissioner Dick, PC Stone and police staff of the year, Claire Summers (far left), this afternoon

William and Harry talk to Commissioner Dick, PC Stone and police staff of the year, Claire Summers (far left), this afternoon

Commissioner Dick (centre) poses for a photograph with the recipients of The Met Excellence Awards this afternoon
Commissioner Dick (centre) poses for a photograph with the recipients of The Met Excellence Awards this afternoon

Commissioner Dick (centre) poses for a photograph with the recipients of The Met Excellence Awards this afternoon

Pc Keith Palmer was posthumously honoured at the ceremony for his heroic response during the Westminster terror attack
Pc Keith Palmer was posthumously honoured at the ceremony for his heroic response during the Westminster terror attack
PC Keith Palmer's funeral in Westminster
PC Keith Palmer's funeral in Westminster

PC Keith Palmer (left) was posthumously honoured at the ceremony for his heroic response during the Westminster terror attack. Flowers laid in tribute to him in front of the Houses of Parliament for his funeral are also pictured (right)

The full list of Scotland Yard award winners for bravery, cadets, investigations and volunteers

Bravery Award: PC Keith Palmer

Outstanding Contribution: Tobias Ellwood MP

Police Staff of the Year: Claire Summers - National Digital Exploitation Service (NDES), SO15

Police Officer of the Year: PC Philip Stone - Disaster Victim Identification Coordinator, SC&O

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is pictured with the Tooting Safer Neighbourhoods Team
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is pictured with the Tooting Safer Neighbourhoods Team

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is pictured with the Tooting Safer Neighbourhoods Team

Support Team of the Year: Human Resources Major Incident Support Team - People & Change, Met HQ Operations Support Team - Property Services, Met HQ

Operational / Specialist Team of the Year: Operation Viper Team – Trident and Area Crime Command (SCO8)

Investigation of the Year: DC Hannah Stewart - East Region Child Abuse Investigation Team, Territorial Policing

Safer Neighbourhoods Team of the Year (public vote): Tooting Safer Neighbourhoods Team

Victoria Sullivan, Hollie Osborn and Matthew Hollis, who were shortlisted for the Cadet of the Year award, with Commissioner Cressida Dick (second right)
Victoria Sullivan, Hollie Osborn and Matthew Hollis, who were shortlisted for the Cadet of the Year award, with Commissioner Cressida Dick (second right)

Victoria Sullivan, Hollie Osborn and Matthew Hollis, who were shortlisted for the Cadet of the Year award, with Commissioner Cressida Dick (second right)

Special Constable of the Year (public vote): Shane Clarke - Met Special Constabulary (MSC), Barnet borough

Volunteer of the Year: Jenny Haughian - Paddington and West End Central, Westminster Borough

Cadet of the Year: Nabil Laasid - Kensington & Chelsea Borough 

Victim Care Award: DC Nicky Dawes - Central North Command Unit Safeguarding Team

DC Nicky Dawes, who won the Victim Care Award, with Commissioner Dick
DC Nicky Dawes, who won the Victim Care Award, with Commissioner Dick

DC Nicky Dawes, who won the Victim Care Award, with Commissioner Dick

The Met Citizen Award (for members of the public): Sally Burnikell – Newham Borough

Building a Better Met Award: Body Worn Video Project Team – Met HQ

Special Recognition Award: orth Resourcing Hub – SCO22, SC&O // PC Tony Marchant - Aviation Policing, SO // PS Andrew Pettet - Newham borough // PC Ceyhun Uzun - Westminster borough // Cherie Rosario – Multi agency safeguarding hubs (MASH), Brent borough

 

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