Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, had to be escorted from the Cenotaph today as The Queen arrived in case his antics upstaged the Remembrance commemorations.
The two-year-old moggy, who serves as Chief Mouser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under Boris Johnson, is employed in the building opposite the Cenotaph where the Remembrance Sunday events were taking place.
According to @PoliticalPics on Twitter, Palmerston turned up at the Cenotaph just in time to watch Her Majesty’s arrival, but was quickly moved on by security.
This isn’t the first time he has encountered security. In August, armed police had to split up a fight between Palmerston and Larry, the Downing Street cat.
He also once entered the famous black door of Number 10 when it was accidentally left open, however, the police quickly evicted him.
Palmerston’s boss, Boris Johnson, was one of the dignitaries who laid a wreath at the Cenotaph alongside Prime Minister Theresa May, and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The cat is named after Lord Palmerston, the former Prime Minister who took office at the age of 71.
He is one of four cats employed by the government in the capacity of Chief Mouser alongside Larry (Downing Street Chief Mouser), Freya (Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office) and Gladstone (Treasury Chief Mouser).
Thousands of people gathered at the Cenotaph for a two-minute silence at 11 o’clock to honour those killed in wars and conflicts past and present.
Her Majesty and her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh alongside other members of the royal family all laid wreaths at the base of the memorial in Whitehall.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Countess of Wessex watched on a balcony in Whitehall.
This was the Queen’s 71st Remembrance Sunday service. The first one she attended was after the end of World War II in 1945 when she was just aged 19 years old.
At 90-years-old, she and her family always mark the occasion year after year ensuring those lost and injured in war are never forgotten.