In late November, Prince William and Kate Middleton had to say goodbye to their family dog. This loss will take a toll on the couple, and we’re here to help you understand what happened as well as more about their dog Lupo’s lovely life before passing.
Kate and William first were seen with their dog named Lupo, an English Cocker Spaniel, in 2012 when taking him out for a walk alongside the couple in January. Lupo joined Kate and William’s lives a year after they got married, and a year later they had their first child Prince George. This beloved pooch was around for many years and welcomed not only Prince George but also Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as well as was a part of the kids ’ lived for years.
Followers of the Royal Family didn’t know Lupo’s name until February 2012 as the couple refused to let his name out into the public, many called it a “private matter” for their family. Lupo’s name was discovered by Kate though when she mentioned it in 2012. Since then, Lupo was able to be a star to some degree as he was featured in a writing series called the Adventures of a Royal Dog by British author Aby King.
Lupo’s age wasn’t disclosed to the public at any point in time. Lupo was bred from a dog owned by Kate’s parents named Ella, and he was a wedding gift from her brother James in 2011. After his first spotting in early 2011, Lupo got to be featured in photos with his family including with the little ones George, Charlotte, and Louis over the years Lupo was with Kate and William’s family.
However, on November 22 of 2020, the Royal couple shared sad news through their Instagram account; stating that “last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away”. Kate and William made it clear how important Lupo has been to their family for the 9 years they’ve shared with him and captioned the photo of him with the news as well as “we will miss him so much”.
James, Kate’s brother, paid tribute to Lupo on his Instagram as well soon after their post. He spoke of how difficult it is to grieve the loss of a dog as well as how he has said a prayer, lit a candle for Lupo, and taken Lupo’s mom Ella on a long walk to remember Lupo for some time. The support and love from a sibling will hopefully help Kate and her family grieves a little easier as well as know they’re not alone in this pain.
While it’ll be sometime before Kate and William or the Royal Family learn to move through Lupo’s death, it’s sure his presence meant so much to their family as well as to anyone that Lupo came in contact within his years. His legacy lives on through his appearances in Prince George’s family portraits, photos taken, walks with his family, and we’re sure the plenty of great memories he had with Kate, William, and much more of their family. Wishing rest in peace to Lupo, Prince William, and Kate Middleton’s family dog of nine long years.