Meet Kate & William's Royal Dog
It is never a doubt that dogs are man’s best friend. Wherever you stand in life, everyone is entitled to have a best friend with paws and fur. It just so happens that the royal family, especially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had and lost one beloved dog. Read on to know more about this great loss.
THE SECOND IN SUCCESSION TO THE THRONE
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge is the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana of Wales. His Royal Highness is the second in line to the British throne after his father, Prince Charles. He was born in 1982 and was subjected to the spotlight right away.
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, the earl of Strathearn and Baron of Carrickfergus, spent his early education in Wetherby School in London and later attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire. He spent years traveling before enrolling at the University of St. Andrews where he studied art history and geography and met his other half, Catherine, now the Duchess of Cambridge.
THE PRINCE’S FLATMATE
Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge came from a middle-class wealthy family. Her parents founded a mail-order party goods company and became successful which eventually made the Middleton family multi-millionaires. They were able to send their lovely daughter to the University of St. Andrews where she stayed in the same dormitory as the prince.
They were good friends when they met each other in 2001. They shared breakfast together and walked to class together! Can you imagine they were not even interested in being in a relationship at first? St. Salvator’s Hall and the University of St. Andrews were the witnesses of their growing love story! What happened next?
THE MAGICAL MOMENT AT A FASHION SHOW
The time when Prince William caught a glimpse of the Duchess in a different light was at a charity fashion show at St. Andrews’ in 2002. The exclusive fashion show and fundraiser had Kate strut down the runway in a sultry dress and the Prince, intrigued and interested, saw his Duchess in a new way. Their love started to blossom soon after!
They kept their relationship a secret, especially because Kate was now in a relationship with a Prince. Yes, a real-life royal prince! They enjoyed their love far from the spotlight until 2004 when the Duchess was caught by paparazzi on a royal family ski trip. The year 2005 came and Kate became the subject of the tabloids!
THE ROYAL WEDDING
It happened in 2010 when Prince William finally proposed to Kate with an 18-carat sapphire white gold ring encrusted with 14 diamonds. Aside from the material value, it holds a deeper meaning because the ring was once owned by the one and only Princess Diana.
In the year 2011, the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton happened. Did you know it was watched by over 23 million people through live broadcasts. Donning the tiara of Queen Elizabeth II and a wedding dress by Sarah Burton, Kate was conferred by Queen Elizabeth the title Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
THE ROYAL GIFT
James Middleton, Her Royal Highness’ brother, gave one of the most precious gifts to the royal couple as a wedding present. The black cocker spaniel, Lupo, was given to them and then became a part of the family, even present in family photos. The gorgeous black-furred friend was present in Prince George’s, the Duke and Duchess firstborn, photos!
Lupo was bred by Her Royal Highness’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton from their own dog. The dog is notably seen in many photos with the members of the royal family. Lupo was even used to select the name of the duke and the duchess’ first child, scattering pieces of paper with various names with the dog stopping at George.
THE ROYAL FAMILY’S LOVE FOR DOGS
Not only that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a fondness for dogs, but the queen herself, Queen Elizabeth II has a liking for fur babies. It is even safe to say that the queen herself influenced her royal descendants on their love for dogs. Well, Queen Elizabeth is very well documented with her corgis!
After the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been fur-parents long before they are parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Their love for dogs is hereditary to the royal family as royal photos show Prince George and Lupo’s sweet times together. They were even acquainted long before the third successor to the throne could walk!
THE SPOTLIGHT FOR THE ROYAL FUR BABY
Who would have thought that Lupo, the cocker spaniel pet of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is subjected to the snaps of the media? Aside from being a frequent attendee of the royal family’s photos, the royal family’s fur baby became the subject of a children’s book entitled Lupo and the Secret of Windsor Castle.
The book followed Prince George’s dog on an adventure around the royal family’s estate. Lupo is out for a walk with Nanny and the Prince in Kensington Gardens where he is lured into a terrible crime. Can Lupo prove his innocence when his reputation is tattered and some royal treasure is stolen? What a charming and intriguing tale!
THE GREAT LOSS OF A GREAT PET
A weekend in November marks a sad day. His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Catherine broke the news of the untimely passing of their faithful pet of nine years. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are mourning the loss of an important member of the royal family: their black cocker spaniel Lupo.
After nine long years of being a part of the royal family, Lupo bid his goodbye, leaving everyone in great sadness. Not only was it a wedding gift from James Middleton, but it became a best friend to the Duchess of Cambridge as well as to their children, especially to Prince George.
THE DUKE AND THE DUCHESS’ BROKEN HEART
Prince William and Kate expressed their loss over the death of their amazing English cocker spaniel Lupo through their official Instagram page, KensingtonRoyal, with the caption: “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 name Lupo came from an Italian word for wolf, and it was reported that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge named their pet after the family of her paternal great grandfather, Olive Christiana Middleton nee Lupton. Lupo will never be forgotten by the royal couple. It was their first fur baby after all!
THE FAMILY’S REACTION
James Middleton who bred Lupo shared his sentiments over the loss of their great black cocker spaniel. Posting a photo of the black fur baby, he poured his emotions with the caption, “It is with great sadness that Lupo, the beloved dog of my sister Catherine and her family passed away.”
“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, for those who have loved a dog know the truth: dogs are not just pets; they are members of the family, a best friend, a loyal companion, a teacher, and a therapist,” he said.
A FLASHBACK OF SOME MEMORABLE MEMORIES
While visiting Savannah House, a facility run by social justice charity Extern, the Duchess, obviously happy with the pet, joked about Lupo who kept on catching the ping pong balls in the middle of them playing the game on their estate. Having an exciting black pup kept them from playing ping pong in their royal residence often!
Can you remember Lupo’s first official photo with the royal family, the first one together with Prince George? It just so happens that after this photo was shared, a number of dog lovers (which happens to be a whole lot), fell in love with the black pup and have thus looked for their own cocker spaniel!
THE SURGE OF SYMPATHY
Following news of the royal family’s loss of Lupo, royal watchers who constantly follow the royal family’s life shared their sympathy to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. “Very sad news that Lupo- the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 9-year-old cocker spaniel passed away last weekend", tweeted by royal author and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward.
Very sad news that Lupo- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s @KensingtonRoyal 9 year old cocker spaniel passed away last weekend. Dogs are part of the family and loosing one is heartbreaking ❤️ #lupo #dog #DukeOfCambridge #duchessofcambridge pic.twitter.com/fYDHIDi3Cg— Ingrid Seward (@RoyalBiographer) November 22, 2020
Many have extended their condolences, too, and one of them is actor Jennifer Garner. Some wrote “So sorry for your loss … animals are not pets, they become family” while another one said, “Rest in peace lovely Lupo”. Indeed, Lupo isn’t only loved by the members of the royal family. The charm of Lupo has reached royal watchers, too!
A dog can be the best friend one could ask for! Not only is it a pet but it becomes a part of a family right after it enters the door. To those who have a pet, make sure to love them well and treasure every moment with your fur babies! What did you think of this royal dog? Leave us a comment to let us know!