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01 October 2023

Prince William and Kate get new bundle of joy


Prince William's wife Kate will not be on her own during her husband's tour of duty in the Falkland Islands because the couple have a new puppy, St James's Palace confirmed.

William, second-in-line to the throne, is due to begin a routine six-week posting in the South Atlantic archipelago in early February, leaving Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, back home in Britain.

It is thought their new pet will live at their home near the Royal Air Force base on Anglesey, north-west Wales, where William, 29, has been working as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot for more than a year.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a male cocker spaniel," a St James's Palace spokeswoman said.

"It's from a litter known to the couple through a family connection. It's a few months old."

The UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper reports the dog's father is a pet that belongs to the duchess's mother, Carole Middleton.

Britain has around 1,000 military personnel on the Falklands to ensure their security following the April 1982 invasion by Argentina.