Prince William and wife Kate Middleton announced Sunday that their beloved dog Lupo died last weekend.
In a heartbreaking message sent to their Kensington Royal Instagram account, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mourned Lupo, calling him “the heart of our family for the past nine years.”
“Unfortunately last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, died. He has been the core of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. – W&C, ”reads the post.
An English cocker spaniel, Lupo, was gifted to William and Kate, both 38, as an early Christmas present in 2011, according to The Sun. He is said to have been bred from a dog owned by Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
In addition to Cambridges, Kate’s younger brother, James Middleton, 33, also posted an emotional tribute to Lupo on social media.
“It is with great sadness that Lupo, the beloved dog of my sister Catherine and her family, has died. Lupo was the son of Ella, brother of Zulu, Inka & Luna. He was 9 years old, “James wrote on Sunday.
“Rest in peace Lupo. Tilly & Mini is waiting for you. You will always be remembered and your legacy will live forever. Good boy, ”he continued.
Lupo was featured in several official portraits over the years, including a cute family photo of Cambridges after Prince George’s birth in 2013.