Death of their beloved dog Lupo Biography
KATE Middleton and Prince William spoke of their grief over the death of their beloved dog Lupo.
Instagram page, Kensington Royal
The couple posted the sad news on their official Instagram page, Kensington Royal, this afternoon.
Along with a photo of the animal there is a caption: “Very sad that our beloved dog Lupo passed away last weekend.
“He has been the heart of our family for nine years and we will miss him very much.
The English Cocker Spaniel can often be seen in photos together with the family and, in particular, with Prince George.
Raised from a dog belonging to Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, it was given to the Duke and Duchess as a Christmas present in early 2011.
And Lupo was so important to the family that Prince William mentioned the animal in his first official interview after becoming a father in 2013.
He said: “For me, Catherine and now little George are my priorities. And Lupo.
“Actually, it’s okay.
“As many people who have dogs and bring a newborn baby know, they need some time to adjust, but no, everything is fine so far.
Lupo even helped the couple choose George’s name.
Kate and William scattered pieces of paper with different names on the floor, and the dog stopped when it caught up with “George.”
After the child was born, Lupo appeared in one of the first official photos.
It later appeared in a family portrait of the Duke and Duchess with their son in 2014.
The name Lupo comes from the Italian word for wolf, and Kate is said to have named the animal after her paternal great-grandfather’s last name, Olive Christiana Middleton, née Lupton.
British dog lovers fell instantly in love after the puppy’s photos were shared for the first time, with breeders credited with the huge increase in the number of people searching for cocker spaniel puppies.
The high society Bible Tatler even named the mascot the 50th Most Fascinating Person in Britain in 2013.
Earlier this year, the Duchess joked about Lupo during her visit to Savannah House, an establishment owned by Social Justice Charity Extern in County Kildare.
While playing table tennis, the smiling queen said, “We tried this at home, but our dog keeps catching the table tennis balls.”
Animal lovers teamed up with dog handlers at the Army Dog Center in Islamabad to train the dogs to recognize and discover hidden explosives.
Thousands of people, including actress Jennifer Garner, have already expressed their condolences to the family.
One wrote, “Sorry for your loss … Animals are not pets, they become families,” while another said, “Rest in peace, lovely lupo.”