Prince William and Kate Middleton’s dog Lupo has died. The couple shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram on Sunday, revealing that the English Cocker Spaniel had died last weekend.
Lupo was raised from a dog owned by Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and given to the couple as an early Christmas present in 2011.
“Very sadly this past weekend our beloved dog Lupo passed away,” wrote William and Kate alongside a photo of their beloved pup. “He has been in the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him very much. – W&C.”
Lupo was loved by his family and made several appearances in official portraits over the years, even after the birth of Prince George.
The dog also helped William and Kate choose George’s name. The couple said they scattered pieces of paper with various names on the ground. Lupo stopped when he got to “George”.
Kate’s brother James Middleton mourned Lupo’s death on Instagram.
“Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a dog. For those who have never had a dog, it can be difficult to understand the loss. However, for those who have loved a dog, you should know the truth: a dog is not just a pet – he’s a family member, a best friend, a loyal companion, a teacher, and a therapist, ”he wrote.
“There’s not much of a rule book on how to cry for a dog, but I said a prayer, lit a candle, and took Ella (mom) for a long walk to spend time remembering Lupo,” added James. “Rest in peace Lupo. Tilly and Mini will be waiting for you. You will always be remembered and your legacy will live on forever. Good boy 🐾”.
See more about the family in the video below.