Prince William and Kate Middleton adopted Lupo, an English cocker spaniel, in 2011. At the time, he became a trusty companion to Kate, as Prince William was spending weeks away from home due to his role in the royal air force.
Lupo’s beloved role in the family became apparent in 2013, when he posed with the couple and their newborn son, Prince George, for the first official portraits after his birth. A year later, he and George posed for another set of photographs. This time, Lupo stole a lick of the one-year-old’s ice cream.
He died in November 2020. William and Kate posted a touching tribute on social media: “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,” they wrote.
However, a few months later, news broke that a new puppy had already joined the Cambridge clan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Beagles and Black Labs
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the proud owners of two dogs. The first is a beagle, Guy, who was originally owned by the duchess before she married Prince Harry. A few months after their wedding, the couple got a black Labrador named Pula. The name is a sweet nod to Botswana, where the couple vacationed early on in their courtship. In the national language, Setswana, pula means “rain” or “blessing.”
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie: Norfolk Terriers
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie love their Norfolk terriers so much that, in 2018, they posed with them for British Vogue. (Although they didn’t seem to realize the significance of the moment: “When one of the family’s five Norfolk terriers relieves himself on the ruffled hem of Beatrice’s cape, we break for tea,” writer Ellie Pithers recalled in the story.) In total, the York family has a pack of four: Jack, Cici, Teddy, and Ginger. A fifth, Orange, sadly died in 2019 after eating a poisonous plant in Windsor Great Park.