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Entertainment Prince William and Kate Middleton's 'dear dog', Lupo, dies

21:50  22 november  2020
21:50  22 november  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Prince William and Kate Middleton ' s beloved dog , Lupo , has died a dog that was responsible for choosing the name of the future King of England. The couple announced the sad news, saying, "Very sadly last weekend our dear dog , Lupo , passed away. He has been at the heart of our family for the

William and Kate got Lupo , an English Cocker Spaniel, in early 2012 – the puppy was born to a litter from Ella, Kate ' s family dog owned by her parents Michael and Carole Middleton . The couple have been seen on a number of occasions with their trusty companion, including at a polo match in 2013

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. sitting around a dog: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Prince William and Kate Middleton have been left heartbroken after their 'dear dog' Lupo died over the weekend.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of their beloved pup earlier this evening.

Sharing the news with their 12million Instagram followers, they wrote: 'Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away. He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. - W & C'.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge sitting next to a dog: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced their English cocker spaniel Lupo has died. Lupo appeared in numerous photos alongside the royals, including one of the first to feature Prince George, above, in 2013 © Provided by Daily Mail The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced their English cocker spaniel Lupo has died. Lupo appeared in numerous photos alongside the royals, including one of the first to feature Prince George, above, in 2013

Lupo featured in many pictures with the royals, including one of the first official photos of Prince George.

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The English cocker spaniel was bred from a dog which was owned by Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate's parents.

He was given to the couple in 2011, and is believed to have helped them pick a name for Prince George.

a dog sitting in the grass: Prince William and Kate Middleton said Lupo (pictured with Prince George in 2016) was 'at the heart,' of their family since 2011 © Provided by Daily Mail Prince William and Kate Middleton said Lupo (pictured with Prince George in 2016) was 'at the heart,' of their family since 2011

The couple are said to have written names on various pieces of paper and scattered them on the floor.

Lupo wandered through them, but stopped when he reached the seven-year-old's name.

Speaking shortly after Prince George's birth in 2013, Prince William said: 'For me Catherine and now little George are my priorities, and Lupo.

'He's coping alright, as a lot of people know who've got dogs and bringing a newborn back, they take a little bit of time to adapt, but he's been alright so far, he's been slobbering around the house, so he's perfectly happy.'

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Kate Middleton is thought to have named Lupo after her paternal great-grandmother, who was born Olive Christiana Lupton.

Her brother, James Middleton, paid tribute to the beloved pet, which came from the same litter as his dogs Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna.

He wrote: 'Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a dog. For those who have never had a dog, it might be hard to understand the loss.

a group of people that are standing in the grass: Firefighters were once called out to rescue Lupo, after he got his stuck in a gate at the royals' home Bucklebury Manor, in Berkshire © Provided by Daily Mail Firefighters were once called out to rescue Lupo, after he got his stuck in a gate at the royals' home Bucklebury Manor, in Berkshire a close up of a dog: Kate's brother James Middleton paid tribute to Lupo, who came from the same litter as his dogs Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna © Provided by Daily Mail Kate's brother James Middleton paid tribute to Lupo, who came from the same litter as his dogs Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna

'However for those who have loved a dog know the truth: a dog is not just a pet; it is a member of the family, a best friend, a loyal companion, a teacher and a therapist.

'Many people over the years have reached out to me about the pain of loosing a dog and for most, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way comparable to the loss of a human loved one.

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'The pain I felt from loosing my first dog Tilly back in 2017 still hurts and on hearing the news about Lupo brought a wave of emotions flooding back.

'There isn’t much of a rule book on how to grieve for a dog, but I’ve said a prayer, lit a candle and taken Ella (Mum) for a long walk to spend time remembering Lupo.

'Rest in peace Lupo. Tilly & Mini will be waiting for you. You will always be remembered and your legacy will live on forever. Good Boy.'

In 2013, firefighters were called out to rescue Lupo after he got his head stuck in a gate at the royals' home in Berkshire.

Firefighters rushed to the £2million Bucklebury Manor, only to find he managed to escape.

A Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said at the time: 'Our crew got to the manor but were told as they arrived at the gates that the dog, which had got its head stuck, had been freed just a few moments earlier so their services were not needed.'

a dog standing on grass: Sharing pictures of Lupo with his siblings, James Middleton said: 'The loss of a dog is, in almost every way comparable to the loss of a human loved one' © Provided by Daily Mail Sharing pictures of Lupo with his siblings, James Middleton said: 'The loss of a dog is, in almost every way comparable to the loss of a human loved one' a close up of a dog: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed their beloved dog Lupo has died at the age of nine. © Provided by Daily Mail The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed their beloved dog Lupo has died at the age of nine.

Lupo was also the subject of four children's books, in a series titled The Adventures of a Royal Dog.

Followers shared their condolences with the royals after they shared the news on Sunday evening.

Film producer Ben Cohen wrote: '’m so sorry for your loss. Sending love.'

Another follower wrote: 'So sorry for your loss... animals are not pets they become family.'

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