Lupo was born to be a star. At an early age, he graced the front cover of Hello! magazine and was a regular at landmark Royal family events. On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced with great sadness the death of their English cocker spaniel, a dog that had been at the “heart” of the family for the past nine years. The couple used the modern medium of Instagram to inform their followers of the Royal death. “Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away,” the couple wrote. “He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much.” They signed off the message with a very personal “W & C”, short for William and Catherine, and accompanied the statement with a photograph of Lupo, looking frankly just a little bit regal, lying down but his head held high. Lupo appears thoughtful, as if the future of the monarchy is dependent on him, although in reality, he was probably just wondering where his next dog biscuit was coming from.