Kate Middleton and Prince William’s beloved Cocker Spaniel, Lupo, has died after nine-years with the family.
The dog, which was pictured alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on several occasions, had been the "heart" of the family through the couple’s birth of their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Prince William and Kate announced the death of their dog on November 22 in a heartfelt Instagram post on the Kensington Royal page.
Condolences soon flooded in for the black-haired dog, but while we often hear about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s dogs, little is known about Lupo.
Lupo is related to Kate Middleton’s parents’ dog, Ella, and was bred from the family pup in 2011.
The couple is understood to have named the dog Lupo after the Italian word for "wolf," but some reports claim the dog’s name had a personal touch.
In fact the dog is reported to have been named after Middleton’s paternal great-grandmother, Oliver Christina Lupton, whose family crest has wolves on it.
According to reports, the dog also had a paw in picking Prince George’s name, as the couple put pieces of paper in front of the animal.
It has been claimed Lupo reached out and put his paw on a piece of paper that read "George", and Kate and Prince William agreed.
Lupo was quite close to Kate Middleton and kept her company when Prince William was deployed with the Royal Air Force in the Falkland Islands.
He also joined the couple back at the Middleton’s when Kate was pregnant with Prince George.
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Prince William and Kate stayed at the family’s home in Berkshire, where Lupo got up to mischief.
He even ended up getting his head stuck in a set of gates on the family property, it has been reported.
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