Prince William and Kate Middleton just added to their young family – though not in the way recent rumors may suggest. Nope, Wills and Kate’s family member is instead of the four-legged variety: a months-old pup.
Following speculation they had adopted a chocolate Labrador retriever, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the latest royal dog was actually a male cocker spaniel. The couple were snapped walking with their new pooch on a wet and windy Newborough Beach last month (above).
The curmudgeonly so-and-sos at the Palace won’t release the name of the dog (goodness knows why – security protocol?), or explain why a cocker spaniel was chosen. All we proles were really told was that the male pup came from a litter through a family connection. Expect a lucrative magazine cover shoot of Will and Kate’s new furry friend any time soon.
The royal family and dogs have always gone hand in hand, of course. Prince Charles and Camilla adopted a Jack Russell Terrier named Beth last year, but easily the most famous royal dogs are Queen Elizabeth’s corgis.
The monarch’s love of corgis began in childhood. King George VI introduced the first corgi into his family in 1933, a dog named Dookie. A young Princess Elizabeth got her very own corgi, named Susan, a few short years later, and bred the dogs until 2009 – indeed, many of the corgis in the Queen’s family have Susan as their ancestor. Yes, even the royal dogs are born into a life of privilege.