Larry The Downing Street Cat: Pictures From His First Year In Office

The Huffington Post UK   Andrea Mann First Posted: 15/02/2012 11:28 Updated: 15/02/2012 11:43

So, Larry - or to give him his full name, Larry the cat - is celebrating his first year at Number 10 Downing Street. Celebrating it with balloons, it would appear from the picture above. Which is surely a bad idea at any party involving a cat.

But we digress. Yes, Adele may have had "the most life-changing year", but she's not the only one.

Because one minute, Larry was languishing in obscurity - and a cage - in Battersea Dogs And Cats Home. The next, he was residing at the most famous address in England. Well, the most famous address until Sherlock Holmes had that revival.

And what a year it's been! He hasn't managed to stop the NHS bill, admittedly - but he's no doubt stopped a few mice. And he's certainly had a better year than Vince Cable or Nick Clegg.

But enough of all this. Let's use our opposable thumbs to flick through Larry's photo album and look back on his incredible first year...

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  • Larry is delighted to leave Battersea

  • Larry learns how to smile for the cameras...

  • ...and also how to pose for them

  • Larry takes office

  • Larry does his morning stretches

  • Larry learns to sniff out suspicious visitors

  • Larry sleeps through a cabinet meeting

  • Larry hears Nick Clegg is in the building

  • Larry marks his territory

  • Larry is replaced by a stuffed cat and no one notices

  • Larry woos the ladies...

  • ...so much that they pap him

  • Larry waits for an Ocado delivery

  • Larry arrives on his morning ride

  • Larry doesn't care for Pret-A-Manger

  • Larry gets carried away

  • Larry perfects his Paddington Bear hard stare

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