Lupo, beloved dog, of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has died

Prince William and Kate Middleton know first hand no matter how famous you are, or whether you live in the lap of luxury, neither provides much comfort when you lose a darling pet.

That Royal couple announced the death of their dog, Lupo, on social media Sunday.

Their beloved English cocker spaniel was 9.

“Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away,” the couple posted to Instagram. “He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much.”

Lupo joined the couple soon after they were married in April 2011.

He really was a member of the family from Day 1. After all, he was a pup born to a litter belonging to Kate’s parents.

Kate’s brother, James Middleton, also posted a tribute to Lupo online.

“Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a dog,” he wrote. “For those who have never had a dog, it might be hard to understand the loss. However for those who have loved a dog know the truth: a dog is not just a pet; it is a member of the family, a best friend, a loyal companion, a teacher and a therapist.”

Lupo always took on Royal duties in stride.

2013 official photo of Prince George and his happy family released by Kensington Palace/Michael Middleton

News of the loss sparked condolences from far and wide, including the UK’s top cat.

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