Congratulations are in order for British royals Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, because today we learn that the couple have adopted a new member into their family! Apparently, this member of the British royal family has been around since at least the start of this month and is only a few months old … but today palace officials have confirmed the adoption! Click below to see the first photo of Wills, Kate and the newest member of their family.
The new arrival became a talking point among royal fans and commentators when he was spotted dashing around the feet of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a beach stroll in Wales earlier this month. And now, the couple’s palace handlers have finally confirmed what was suspected: the adorable addition is the pair’s new pet. A palace source says the adopted puppy – a male – is a “few months old,” is a black cocker spaniel and comes from a litter “with a close family connection.” The Middletons are known to fancy spaniels. The Westminster Kennel Club had earlier told PEOPLE that the cocker spaniel looked to be about 10 weeks old. With a name still to be announced, the puppy will no doubt help Kate deal with William’s absence when he heads for a deployment to the Falkland Islands, in the south Atlantic for six weeks. And he may be good successor to William’s dog Widgeon, a black Labrador who passed away about two years ago.
Aww, isn’t this the cutest? At this point, we don’t know the name of this little dude or dudette but now that the word is out that Wills and Kate have a new pet pooch, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about him/her very soon. I have to say … the adoption of a dog is just PERFECT timing right now for the young couple. Folks are chomping at the bit for the pair to have a baby … but I think the time is just right for the addition of a pet dog, especially with Wills‘s imminent military deployment. This is just really happy news … congrats and love goes out to the newly expanded family.