THE police officer killed confronting the Westminster attacker outside Parliament has been awarded a posthumous George Cross.

In a break with tradition, the Queen's Civilian Gallantry List has been released at the same time as the monarch's birthday honours.

PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood in March. Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood was among a group of trained medics who fought to save his life on the forecourt of the Palace of Westminster.

He told the Daily Echo: "I think it is a huge tribute to somebody who gave everything and made the ultimate sacrifice in defending democracy and doing the job that he loved.

"It is absolutely right that he is recognised in this way."

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she and her colleagues were "immensely proud" of PC Palmer's bravery.

"Keith acted that day with no thought for his own safety, intent simply on doing his job and protecting members of the public and Parliament," she said.

"He paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions."