July 22, 2024, 5:32 pm

Larry the Cat: Guardian of Downing Street Through Five Prime Ministers

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  • Update Time : Sunday, July 7, 2024

Larry the Cat has been a steadfast resident of 10 Downing Street, outlasting the tenures of five prime ministers. As new prime minister Keir Starmer settles into office, one key meeting on everyone’s mind is whether he will soon meet Larry.Larry, a gray and white tabby, has been a fixture at Downing Street for over 13 years. He was brought in from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in 2011 to tackle a rodent problem and has since become the most beloved resident of the prime minister’s residence.

Larry’s Role and Charms

Larry’s duties include greeting guests, inspecting security, and testing antique furniture for napping suitability. Despite his fame, he is known for his indifference to the many notable visitors of Downing Street. His calm demeanor and distinctive personality have endeared him to both the public and the press.

During President Joe Biden’s visit last year, Larry had to vacate his favorite spot at the entrance for a photo opportunity. The media often captures Larry’s every move, reflecting his significant public appeal.

A Beloved National Icon

Larry’s charm and unique role have made him a media favorite and a symbol of continuity in British politics. His unofficial Twitter account boasts over 830,000 followers, highlighting his popularity. Larry has also shown a knack for handling more than just mice, having been recorded chasing away a fox twice his size.

Larry’s tenure has not been without its moments of drama. Reports of his poor health were quickly dismissed by Downing Street, confirming that Larry remains happy and healthy. His interactions with global leaders, from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, have added to his storied legacy at No. 10.

Larry’s ability to adapt and thrive amidst political changes has made him a symbol of stability. With each new prime minister, Larry continues his role, providing a sense of continuity and comfort to the nation.

 

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