On August 6, the FCO’s Chief Mouser announced that the time has come for him to retire and spend time away from the limelight. Although Palmerston did not write a valedictory despatch, he did have a nice farewell letter complete with paw marks.
This announcement comes following a report that his boss, the Foreign Office’s Permanent Under Secretary Sir Simon McDonald is also set to retire early after “the prime minister signaled he wanted someone new to head the ministry when it merges with the Department for International Development”, according to Sky News.
Farewell @DiploMog, may you enjoy your best life yet in the countryside.
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❗️Important news❗️ pic.twitter.com/PTEun74QYA
— Palmerston (@DiploMog) August 7, 2020
In 2016 Palmerston arrived from @Battersea_ , mouser & social media phenomenon, with 105K @Twitter followers. After 4½ happy years @DiploMog retires at end of August: he’s enjoyed lockdown life in countryside so much, he’s decided to stay. Everyone @foreignoffice will miss him ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wUCl7cWSGp
— Sir Simon McDonald (@SMcDonaldFCO) August 7, 2020
Palmy, Palmy, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
Now that you have changed address,
Which ambassador will clean up your mess? pic.twitter.com/Viggl9gCXy
— Palmerston (@DiploMog) May 4, 2020
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) November 27, 2018
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In honour of @DiploMog's retirement, we thought we'd share this episode of 'What They Did Next' where we paid a visit to The @foreignoffice, to find out what their resident Chief Mouser gets up to! 😉💙 pic.twitter.com/CKm1XWuapo
— Battersea (@Battersea_) August 7, 2020
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