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Prince William and Kate Mourn Their Beloved Dog Lupo

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The Cambridges are mourning the loss of their pet dog Lupo, who died at the family home last week. In a rare personal statement Prince William and Kate took to Instagram to post a message saying, “Very sadly last weekend our dear dog Lupo passed away. He has been at the heart of our family…
Prince William and Kate Mourn Their Beloved Dog Lupo

The Cambridges are mourning the loss of their pet dog Lupo, who died at the family home last week. In a rare personal statement Prince William and Kate took to Instagram to post a message saying, “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.”The Duke and Duchess did not reveal a cause of death. Lupo, a cocker spaniel, was a Christmas gift to William and Kate from her parents in 2011, the year of their wedding; cocker spaniels typically live for 12 to 15 years. When Lupo joined the family the couple was living in Wales, where William was stationed as an RAF pilot in Anglesey. At first, Lupo’s name was shrouded in secrecy with palace courtiers refusing to divulge the pet’s name because they did not want to breach the couple’s privacy. Finally Kate revealed the dog was called Lupo—meaning wolf— during a public engagement.When the couple had children, Lupo adapted to the new family dynamic, protectively guarding Prince George when he was a baby and according to the Times, also helping the couple choose his name. Unable to decide on a name for their first born they wrote their first choices on pieces of paper; they scattered the papers on the floor for the dog, who is said to have picked George. Lupo also warmed to Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis when they arrived and spent hours running around the house and gardens with the children.Wherever the Cambridges went Lupo would follow, happily commuting between Kensington Palace in London and Anmer Hall, the family’s country house, where he loved long beach walks. Kate revealed recently how Lupo loved chasing ping pong balls, and the pet spaniel also had a mischievous streak. The couple had to call the fire brigade in 2013 after Lupo got his head caught in the gate of the Middletons’ manor house in Berkshire.Lupo was such a part of the family he would often appear in family pictures, including an early official picture of Prince George. William particularly doted on the dog and was seen tenderly kissing Lupo at a polo match.Aby King, the author of The Adventures of a Royal Dog, about Lupo’s life, said the news would be most upsetting for the Cambridge children. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Lupo,” King told Vanity Fair. “He remains an inspiration to me and to all the children who continue to enjoy his adventures in The Adventures of a Royal Dog. My thoughts at this time are with Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte – I think it is them who will feel his passing the most. As such I’ve sent them a hand drawn story in the hopes that it can give them some comfort. Lupo’s legacy is all the adventures he continues to share with children all over the world. What a clever little rascal. Rest in peace my darling friend.”Last night Kate’s brother James Middleton, who owns Ella, Lupo’s mother, took to social media to send condolences to his sister and brother in law.“Lupo was the son of Ella, brother to Zulu, Inka, and Luna. 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. However those who have loved a dog know the truth: A dog is not just apet; it is a member of the family, a best friend, a loyal companion, a teacher, and a therapist.”More Great Stories From Vanity Fair— Why Princess Diana’s Controversial 1995 Interview Still Stings— Inside Britney Spears’s Fight for Legal Control Over Her Life— Prince Charles Will Wear the Same Royal Wedding Suit As Long As It Fits— Internet It Girl Poppy Is Burning Down 2020 and Starting Again— Curious Duchess Camilla Will Watch Herself on The Crown— Can Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Shaman Durek Live Happily Ever After?— Prince William’s COVID Diagnosis Was “No Secret” Among the Royals— From the Archive: Tina Brown on Princess Diana, the Mouse That Roared— Not a subscriber? Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.Read More

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