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Matilda III Goes A-Waltzing At The Algonquin

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August 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

In case you haven't been keeping up with the royal kitty lineage over at The Algonquin, here's a refresher.

In November, Matilda II stepped down as the hotel's 13-year cat-in-residence. A replacement, going by the name of Matilda III (at The Algonquin, all females are named Matilda, and all males Hamlet), was acquired from the North Shore Animal League (we spied Matilda III posing on a luggage cart here). On Wednesday, Matilda III was officially welcomed into the fold with a Debutante Ball & Meow Wear Fashion Show. Unexpectedly, R&B singer Mya also made an appearance. What?

City gossip and news roundup site Gothamist managed to snap some excellent photos of the fancified felines in action. Take a minute to hop on over and browse the 14-photo gallery—we were a little frightened by number seven!

At the event, which was in fact attended by Mya, guests sipped $20 cat-themed cocktails like the Matilda (Belvedere Ponaranza, Cointreau, lemon, orange juice, and a splash of Perrier Jouet).

The fashion show, which is held every August, was combined with the debuntante ball to give the queen a proper introduction to her royal subjects. Though from what we hear, old Matilda III wasn't in the best of moods. Royalty. So entitled.

[Photo: Katie Sokoler / Gothamist]

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