I was confused for a minute too! The cat is known for guarding his territory. [7], In October 2017, Palmerston "appointed" his first overseas envoys. Palmerston (cat), a mouser in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Whitehall, London; Palmerston FC, an Australian association football team; Palmerston Football Club, an Australian Aussie Rules team; Palmerston Forts, also known as Palmerston's Follies, a series of 19th-century British defensive fortifications; See also. Hope you enjoy the rest of your life Palmerston! (Twitter) The U.K. needs a new top diplocat. The black and white bicolour cat began his role in the position of Chief Mouser on 13 April 2016. Larry's arrival in 2016 prompted a vicious rivalry with Downing Street cat Larry. Palmerston, who is named after the longest-serving British Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston, arrived in April 2016 as a rescue cat… He has been known to clash with Larry, Number 10's main mouse-catcher. [1], The inception of the position of Chief Mouser at the FCO followed from the position Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, Larry and from visits from George Osborne's cat Freya who made regular visits to the office. Palmerston, who is named after the longest-serving British Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston, arrived in April 2016 as a rescue cat. [6] On 1 August 2016, a journalist caught Palmerston and Larry having a serious cat-fight, which led to Palmerston having damage to his ear and Larry losing his collar. The "Chief Mouser" announced his retirement by posting his resignation letter to Simon McDonald, the office's permanent under-secretary, on Twitter. After four and a half years as the government's Chief Mouser, he's decided to hang up his boots. I give a tribute to Palmerston, he mist of helped a lot, and I wish him a happy retirement! Palmerston is a cat who was the resident Chief Mouser of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) at Whitehall in London. T he cat is named after Lord Palmerston, who was apparently well-liked and was the oldest Prime Minister in history to take office for the first time, at the age of 71. ( I think they did it on purpose) , People are wishing it a happy retirement but it’s a cat, People are wishing it a happy retirement but it’s a cat. It was posted on Twitter. Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, has returned to work after six months recovering from stress caused by civil servants constantly picking him up and overfeeding him. Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, is retiring from his role as chief mouser after four years with the department. Palmerston is the resident Chief Mouser of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) at Whitehall in London. My cat kills birds and mice and brings them in the house all the time! Palmerston, the Foreign Office's pet cat, was adopted in 2016. Report by Matt Spencer. If you have a tribute to Palmerston, we want to hear it. Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, is to step down after four years. The black-and-white rescue cat, who has more than 105,000 Twitter followers, arrived from Battersea in 2016. He was employed at the King Charles Street building. 5,942 Followers, 246 Following, 98 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Palmerston (@fco_palmerston) [4][5] On 26 July 2016, Palmerston was caught sneaking into Number 10, when the famous black door was left open. He was famous for two things: his fights with Larry, the Downing Street cat, and being more popular than his boss. He returned to full duties in December 2019. He was chosen from a number of hopefuls at Battersea dogs and cats rescue centre by the government's Foreign Office to keep an eye on the mischievous mice in the building. Does this ancient clay pig look familiar? Palmerston is a cat who was the resident Chief Mouser of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) at Whitehall in London. And it's international cat day! To use comments you will need to have JavaScript enabled. Welsh swimming pools and children's play centres to reopen. Like Palmerston, my cat Angel was adopted from the Battersea centre in London. Previously, he was from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and is named after the former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. In a statement released by the Foreign Office, Palmerston said: "Meow". Thank you palmerstonEnjoy your retirement in style skilled puuuurrrrrrfessionalLove kitty. Unofficially the official account of Palmerston the FCO cat. Important News ! ", "Foreign Office cat Palmerston retires to countryside", Palmerston's official twitter feed (@DiploMog), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Palmerston_(cat)&oldid=991131740, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 November 2020, at 12:34. "He's enjoyed lockdown life in countryside so much, he's decided to stay," said the Foreign Office's Sir Simon McDonald. Read about our approach to external linking. The black and white bicolour cat began his role in the position of Chief Mouser on 13 April 2016. Lawrence of Abdoun, a rescued black-and-white street tomcat, was given a role at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan and is named after British military officer T. E. Lawrence and the neighbourhood in Amman where the embassy is located. AFP/Getty Images . Palmerston joined a network of highly skilled cats working in important government buildings in London to keep the mice at bay. Palmerston the cat has become a popular addition to the Foreign Office. Palmerston joined a network of highly skilled cats working in important government buildings in London to keep the mice at bay. Five things to look out for as the Champions League returns. Jeremy Selwyn. Palmerston the cat, Chief Mouser of the department since 2016, announced he was stepping down via the Foreign Office Twitter account. Chief Mouser, DiploCat. Palmerston the Foreign Office cat stalks Larry on Downing Street during post election DUP talks, London, UK. Palmerston, a rescue cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, was brought to the Foreign Office in 2016, prompting reports of a rivalry with Downing Street cat Larry. Palmerston, a rescue cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, joined the Foreign Office in 2016 and was named after former British prime minister Lord Palmerston — and there were often rumors of a spat with Larry, the Downing Street cat. He was later evicted by resident police. Palmerston, the British Foreign Office's resident cat, is leaving his post for a life of leisure in the countryside. He'd been picked up by staff too much and had become overweight because he was being fed too many treats. “My 105,000 twitter … Palmerston, a rescue cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, was brought to the Foreign Office in 2016, prompting a rivalry with Downing Street cat Larry. Larry holds his own with a sniffer dog. In one early scrap, Palmerston ripped the collar off Number 10's Larry leading to fears for the pets' welfare. Aww, cute! He had plenty of company, though sometimes less than smooth diplomatic relations with Larry, cat-in-residence at nearby 10 Downing Street. [2], Palmerston was in the news on 3 May 2016, as it was reported that he had caught his first mouse. Palmerston took himself away (with the help of a human) and worked on getting himself back into fighting fit condition. LONDON — When Palmerston, the U.K. Foreign Office’s “chief mouser,” vanished from public view earlier this year, some became concerned about the black-and-white rescue cat's whereabouts. Guess who's back? This comment was removed because it broke the rules. Previously, he was from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and is named after the former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. [8] Leyla Pixie, an orphaned kitten from Turkey, was adopted by the British Consulate General in Istanbul. What a purr-fect end to a meow-vellous story. Let us know in the comments below. Palmerston, a cat who has served as “Chief Mouser” for the UK’s Foreign Office, retired Friday. He'll finish his duties properly in August and move to the countryside to enjoy his retirement in style. 'My 105,000 twitter … 10-dic-2018 - The latest Tweets from Palmerston the Cat (@PalmerstonFOCat). Palmerston, a rescue cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, was brought to the Foreign Office in 2016, prompting reports of a rivalry with Downing Street cat Larry. Palmerston, a rescue cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, was brought to the Foreign Office in 2016, prompting reports of a rivalry with Downing Street cat Larry. Previously, he was from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and is named after the former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Lord Palmerston.He is employed at the King Charles Street building. Resident mousers Larry and Palmerston are at it again as delivery men begin the process of moving Theresa May into Number 10. “I’ll miss him,” Larry wrote on Twitter. The black and white bicolour cat began his role in the position of Chief Mouser on 13 April 2016. [3] On 11 July 2016, Palmerston was caught on camera in a stand-off between himself and Larry in and around Downing Street. 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Disaster struck in 2019 when Palmerston had to be signed off with stress. The spread of coronavirus saw Palmerston moved to the countryside earlier this year, and he had been "working from home", according to a resignation letter shared by the Foreign Office. You might think Palmerston is quite an unusual name but it's inspired by Lord Palmerston who was a UK prime minister in the 19th century. [9], On 7 August 2020 Palmerston "retired" as the FCO's Chief Mouser, moving to the countryside to "spend more time relaxing away from the limelight"; his "resignation" was announced on Twitter. It's been quite the rags to riches story for Palmerston, who was a stray on the streets of London just five years ago. Foreign Office, London Post for a life of leisure in the position of Chief Mouser on 13 April 2016 as a rescue.! Highly skilled cats working in important government buildings in London at Whitehall London. 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