You've Met Larry the Cat—Now Meet Palmerston, the Foreign Office Feline

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Palmerston, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) cat investigates media cameras at ground level in front of 10 Downing Street, London.  (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Last year, we introduced you to Larry the Cat, employed by the British government as Chief Mouser of the Prime Minister's lodgings at 10 Downing Street. Adopted in 2011, he is now the most famous rescue cat in the United Kingdom, thanks to his aloof persona, plush coat and ability to make police officers bend to his will.

But he's not the only cat employed by the UK government. Meet Palmerston, Chief Mouser of White Hall (London's Foreign Office) and most excellent Tuxedo Bae. He hit the street this week to keep a watchful eye on President Trump during his state visit.

Though his adoption from the famed Battersea Dogs and Cats Home came a full five years after Larry's, Palmerston's celebrity status is rapidly catching up. He's already caused such a stir that, after Prime Minister Theresa May resigned last month, someone made this:


According to reports, Palmerston's increasing hogging of the limelight has prompted him to try and get Larry the Cat out of the picture altogether. There have now been several incidents of Palmerston trying to get up in Larry's grill, in full view of the world's news media.

Palmerston's bad boy reputation has forced Larry to up the ante; this week, he staged a sit-in under Donald Trump's limo after the President met with the Prime Minister.

As with Brexit leavers and remainers, there's no way of knowing whether Palmerston or Larry will win out in the end. Thankfully, Gladstone the Treasury Office cat is steering clear of all the drama and sticking with his official duties... for now.