We are all waiting for the day that Prince William and Catherine welcome a baby to their family but for now we will have to settle for a four-legged addition.
William and Kate have welcomed a three-month old puppy to their family.
In early December, the royal couple acquired a male cocker spaniel who has been staying with them at their rented farmhouse in North Wales.
And don’t ask the name of the new pooch because William and Kate have given palace aides strict instructions not to publicly reveal the name of their pet.
They are arguing that it is a ‘private’ matter and their spokesperson has said, ‘He is a private pet and they do not want his name to be made public although the couple are happy to confirm that they do, indeed, have a new dog.’
According to Royal sources, the new puppy comes from a litter bred by Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton.
An aide said, ‘I don’t know whether the Middleton family dog is a boy or a girl, but the Duke and Duchess’s puppy is the result of the family dog breeding with one belonging to another breeder.’
The new dog is the couple’s first together.
About two years ago, Prince William’s black labrador, Widgeon, passed away.
There is no doubt that dogs are the Royal Family’s favored pets.
Some pets even have their own portraits and are considered members of the Royal family.
When Queen Victoria’s beloved collie, Noble, died at Balmoral in 1887, he was buried in the grounds of the castle and given his own gravestone, which reads, ‘Noble by name by nature noble too, Faithful companion sympathetic true, His remains are interred here’
Some corgis were mated with dachshunds to create ‘dorgis’.
The current Queen has three corgis, Monty, Willow and Holly and three dorgis, Cider, Candy and Vulcan, who travel with her everywhere. She looks after them herself as much as possible.
Hopefully the new dog will help keep Kate, 30, company while her husband is posted to the Falkland Islands for six weeks.
Search and Rescue pilot William, 29, will fly out tonight with his Sea King crew on a routine deployment to the region, leaving his wife on her own.
She is expected to spend more time in London while he is away and will largely live with her pup at Kensington Palace, the couple’s London base.
Last night betting firm Ladbrokes were offering odds of 10/1 on the dog being called ‘Charlie’, 33/1 on ‘Bouncer’ and 66/1 on ‘Fenton’.
The pup has not been formally revealed in public yet but has been seen being walked by the couple on beaches near their Anglesey home.
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