US Ambassador gives Foreign Office cat, Palmerston, Stars and Stripes bow tie (photo)

As this website used to be about pictures of cats, hence its name, but has since evolved in the something more important, I feel obliged to present a picture of a well-known cat, Palmerston, who is the Foreign Office’s resident mouser, sporting a new bowtie.

Woody Johnson the new US ambassador to the UK, arrived in London on Friday. He is the billionaire owner of the New York Jets American football team. He was quick to become friends with Palmerston, the most important resident at the foreign office.

He hoped to achieve friendship by bringing a gift from America, namely a Stars & Stripes bowtie collar which he declared to be:

“A symbol of our meow-mentous relationship.”

This is a nice touch. Although I confess to not being a great fan of dressing up cats. The public knew about the gift the day after Mr Woody Johnson met Boris Johnson the Foreign Secretary.

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4 Responses

  1. Cat's Meow says:

    Palmerston looks rather dashing (and content) in his new tie. 😀

    • Michael Broad says:


      • Marianna Burt says:

        Maybe — to me he looks as if he’s simply tolerating it & is perhaps a bit embarrassed. But I think this is a great gesture — had doubts about new ambassador but if he’s this cat-friendly maybe that’s a good sign.

        • Michael Broad says:

          I don’t think any cat should wear ‘clothes’ of any sort. Even collars are not right but they can be useful sometimes.

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