Duchess Kate has competition - Prince William showers affection on Lupo at charity polo
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Duchess Kate has competition - Prince William showers affection on Lupo at charity polo

London : United Kingdom | Jun 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM PDT
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Kate Middleton and her puppy Lupo cheer on Prince William

Report By: Nina Rai

London, 18 June, 2012

Very few women in the world can hope to compete with a dog when it comes to vying for attention from her man, even if she happens to be the future Queen of England.

Well, one is referring to Prince William, who was seen busy cuddling and showering kisses on his pet Cocker Spaniel puppy Lupo after a local charity polo match. However, wife Kate Middleton seemed willing to play second fiddle, as she observed the super bonding between man and animal.

Check: Picture Gallery of Polo Match

Duchess Kate had turned up on the weekend to watch her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry play at a charity match on the final day of the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo, at the Beaufort Polo Club on Sunday, June 17.

Just as the charity match got over, Prince William, who turns 30 in a few days, dismounted from his horse and quickly swept Lupo into his arms. He then showered the six-month-old puppy with repeated tender kisses, even as wife Kate Middleton watched with amusement the tender moment shared between the two-some.

While royal protocol may be preventing Prince William from doing the same with Catherine in public, she told a bunch of school kids that he spoils her rotten in private. On a royal visit last Saturday, Duchess Kate told the kids: "William is very sweet and kind of spoils me."

Meanwhile, with regard to this particular polo event, Prince William and Harry through this polo match are helping to raise money for children's charities such as Well Child, Child Bereavement and Tusk Trust, a conservation charity the duo supports.

Also attending the charity event were other royals Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall, Peter Phillips and wife Autumn Phillips with their daughters Savannah and Isla Elizabeth in tow.

Meanwhile, 18-month-old Savannah seemed fascinated by Lupo. Seeing this open adoration, Duchess Kate took it upon herself to give some quick lesson in dog training. She showed the infant how to hold on to his leash, even as the pup stood there dutifully.

Ever since Lupo was born in December, from a litter of pups bred by Duchess Kate’s mother Carole Middleton and handed over to the royals, the trio Prince William, Catherine and Lupo has been inseparable.

Lupo actually took the place of Prince William's childhood pet Labrador Widgeon, who died in 2010. There was lot of speculation with regard to the Cocker Spaniel’s name as Royal spokespersons’ in the beginning did not give out Lupo's name. Later it was Duchess Kate who herself let the cat out of the bag (or rather the dog). Catherine disclosed the pup’s name in an informal chat with schoolchildren during a visit to a primary school in Oxford.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are rarely seen without their beloved doggie. In-fact Lupo has caused such a sensation that his legion of admirers have now even set up a twitter account viz., - @HRH_Lupo - to keep track of the royal black fur puppy's every movement.

Do check a related news: Lupo, the naughty pet spaniel even Prince William cannot control

Source: Daily Mail

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Kate Middleton and her puppy Lupo cheer on Prince William at one of the polo matches last month (May 2012)
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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