Kate Middleton and Prince william and their three children mourn the loss of their family dog, Lupo.
The royal couple announced the sad news on Instagram on Sunday, November 22. They shared a photo of the black cocker spaniel and wrote: “Very sadly last weekend our dear dog Lupo passed away. He has been the heart of our family for nine years and we will miss him so much – W&C”
Lupo was part of a litter born in 2011 to Kate’s parent dog Ella Carole middleton and Michael middleton. Kate and William welcomed the puppy to their home in Kensington Palace this Christmas, eight months after their royal wedding. Lupo was so popular that in 2014 it became the subject of a children’s book.
Over the years, the couple as well as Kate’s siblings, Pippa Middleton and James middleton, and William’s brother, Prince harry, have occasionally been spotted and photographed with Lupo, while he has also appeared in official family portraits. In 2013 Kate was spotted with the dog in Hyde Park in London. At the time, she was pregnant with her and the first child of William, the son Prince george. In addition to the now 7-year-old child, they are also parents Princess charlotte, 5 and Prince louis, 2.