Prince William and Kate Middleton mourn the death of their family dog.
The couple announced Sunday that their beloved dog Lupo, who had been part of their family for nine years, had died the previous weekend.
“Unfortunately, our dear dog Lupo passed away last weekend. He has been the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him very much,”they wrote on social media along with a photo of the adorable black cocker spaniel.
Keith's brother James Middleton, a renowned dog lover, also shared a touching post in tribute to Lupo.
“It is with great sadness that Lupo, the beloved dog of my sister Kate and her family, has passed away. Lupo was the son of Ella, brother of Zulu, Inca and Luna,”wrote 33-year-old James. “Nothing can prepare you for the loss of your beloved dog. For those who have never owned a dog, it can be difficult to understand loss. However, those who have loved a dog know the truth: a dog is not just a pet; he is a family member, best friend, loyal companion, teacher and therapist."
“For most, the loss of a dog is in almost every respect comparable to the loss of a loved one,” he added, noting that “the news about Lupo has triggered a flood of emotions” since he lost his first dog in 2017.
Continuing, he wrote, “There are not many rules on how to honor a dog's memory, but I prayed, lit a candle and took Ella (Mom) for a long walk to spend time remembering Lupo. Rest in peace, Lupo!"
William and Kate first adopted Lupo into their family in 2012, about a year before the birth of their first son, Prince George.
Lupo has previously appeared in several family photos, including an early photo of George, now 7, with his parents.
In honor of George's third birthday, the royals have posted several photos of the plump prince playing with his pet.