Heartbreak for Prince William and Kate Middleton as dog Lupo tragically dies

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have shared their heartbreak at the death of their dog Lupo.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that their beloved dog had passed away last weekend on their Kensington Royal Instagram page today.

William and Kate said Lupo had been 'at the heart' of their family for the past nine years.

They wrote: "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. – W & C"

The English Cocker Spaniel was bred from a dog owned by Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton.

Lupo, which means wolf in Italian, was given to the couple by Michael and Carole.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's dog was bred by Kate's parents
(Image: kensingtonroyal/Instagram)

The pooch was responsible for choosing Prince George's name thanks to a game organised by William and Kate.

They wrote down dozens of names on scraps of paper which they scattered across the floor of their home.

Then Lupo was brought in to “select” one by tapping it. Their pet also appeared in the first official family photo after George was born.

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