Prince Charles: Fallen officers 'will never be forgotten'

The Prince of Wales has led the congregation at an emotional service for fallen officers to mark National Police Memorial Day.

Charles attended the 10th annual service to honour all officers killed in the line of duty from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales since modern policing began in 1972.

Charles with Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (left) and Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Dr Peter Beck (right). Credit: Adrian Sherratt/The Sun/PA Wire

After the service, Charles met 80 colleagues, friends and family of fallen officers at an informal reception.

The Prince of Wales meets Sergeant Joe Holness (right), founder of National Police Memorial Day, during the National Police Memorial Day Credit: Adrian Sherratt/The Sun/PA Wire

During his address, the Prince paid tribute to Greater Manchester Police Constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone who were murdered in a gun and grenade attack last year.

Prince Charles meets Natalie Hughes (left) stepmother of PC Nicola Hughes who was killed in September last year. Credit: Adrian Sherratt/The Sun/PA Wire

"Our courageous policemen and women routinely endure hazardous environments in order to defend us and protect all our freedoms," the Princes of Wales said.

"They will never be forgotten and their proud legacy inspires us and will always live on."