The world was left in shock on 22nd March as a terrifying terrorist attack hit the capital, when a man sped across Westminster Bridge, mowing down pedestrians. A police officer, Keith Palmer, was killed in the attack, defending the entrance to Parliament. The BBC have reported that five people in total have been killed, with many others left injured, some critically.
But medical and emergency services have been praised widely for their quick and dedicated responses to the violence. Similarly, MP Tobias Ellwood has also been hailed by some as a ‘hero’, after attempting to save the stabbed police officer by giving him CPR out on the streets of the Parliamentary estate.
The attack took place near Buckingham Palace, where the Queen was in residence, causing guards to shut the gates and patrol the area. In light of the incident, the Queen has now cancelled a planned visit to Scotland Yard to open the new Metropolitan Police Headquarters, which was due to take place on 23rd March.
She’s also offered up a tribute to those affected by the attack. She said “My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with
all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence.
The Queen also praised the police in her speech, saying “I
know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and
admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all
who work so selflessly to help and protect others.”
At an event in London, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also spoke out in support of the victims of the attack, saying “Before I begin, I know you would all want to join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those sadly affected by yesterday’s terrible attack in Westminster. We will be thinking of all the families, as we discuss the important issues we’re here to talk about.”
Prime Minister Theresa May, who was quickly removed from Parliament as the attack happened, has also issued an official statement.
Since the event, celebrities and notable figures have spoken out in praise of the police, ambulance, and police services for their response to the horrendous incident. Other famous faces have spoken out against the terrorist, and others have praised London as a city that carries on in the face of trauma.
James Martin lead the tributes to the first responders on the scene, calling them “our amazing emergency services”.
J.K Rowling tweeted about the event, speaking out against someone who chose to focus on the negative following the attack.
Susanna Reid praised the emergency services for their bravery, and the staff at the nearby hospital St. Thomas’, who were one of the first on the scene.
Deborah Meaden described her respect for the emergency services too,
praising them for running towards the danger whilst most were running
away from it.
Sian Williams tweeted in support of sentiments offered by Brendan Cox MP, husband of the late Jo Cox MP, that focus should be with the victims of the attack.
On Instagram, Catherine Zeta-Jones posted a photo of Big Ben, likening it to the “strength of the British people”.
Naomi Campbell also paid tribute to her hometown in the aftermath, calling it ‘home sweet home’ on Instagram.