St Andrews pet lovers offer sympathy to Kate Middleton over dog Lupo

Kate Middleton coos over a black cocker spaniel who looks just like the family’s late dog Lupo in the crowds at St Andrews, telling the owner: ‘I love his raincoat!’

  • Glossy-coated cocker spaniel named Lily caught the eye of Kate Middleton as she greeted well-wishers in St Andrews with Prince William today 
  • The Duchess of Cambridge told dog’s owner they’d spotted an Italian cafe in the town earlier and had thought of their late family pet, who died in November
  • Lupo was a wedding present from Kate’s brother James and died aged nine
  • The royal, 39, admired Lily’s jacket, telling her owner ‘I love his raincoat’ 
  • Duke and Duchess returned to university where they met 20 years ago 

A cocker spaniel amongst the crowds of well-wishers greeting The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Andrews today caught Kate Middleton’s eye, as she chatted with her owner about her family’s late pet, Lupo. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, who was returning with Prince William, 38, to visit the Scottish university where the couple first met 20 years ago, stopped to chat to the owner of the glossy-coated dog – named Lily, even bending down to say a cheery ‘hello’ to the pet. 

After telling the owner of the pet she liked Lily’s raincoat, the royal also shared that the couple had spotted an Italian restaurant in the town earlier that day which shared the same name as their late dog, saying it had brought Lupo into their minds.     

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The Duchess of Cambridge had her eye caught by a glossy-coated black cocker spaniel named Lily as she was greeted by well-wishers in St Andrews with Prince William today


Lily’s owner films her pet’s brush with royalty on her phone as she chats about the royal tells her about her late dog, Lupo. The Duchess leans in to take a closer look at the pet, which looked remarkably similar to the family’s late dog Lupo, which died in November aged nine  

The royal was filmed telling members of the crowd: ‘We noticed the cafe or bar called Lupo’s, and we had a dog, who’s no longer with us, called Lupo.’

The black Cocker Spaniel, a wedding present from Kate’s brother James, died in November, with the couple saying at the time the pet had been ‘at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much.’

The gathered crowd then offered their sympathies and Kate asked Lily’s owner whether, like Lupo, the dog was a cocker spaniel, to which she replied that she was. 

After telling the group it was ‘very nice to meet you’, the couple, shielding from the inclement Scottish weather with umbrellas, moved along.  

Under umbrellas, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat about their late pet with the crowds


As Prince William looked on, Kate asked whether Lily was a cocker spaniel, to which her owner replied that she was. The rain-soaked royals told the owner they liked the pets raincoat

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later spoke to students at the university about their pandemic experiences and visited St Salvator’s, the halls of residence where the young prince met his future wife.

The couple became friends in their first year before romance blossomed after William saw ‘hot’ Kate strut down a charity fashion show catwalk in a sheer dress. They graduated in 2005 and William proposed five years later.

Plenty to smile about! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today returned to the University of St Andrews where they met as students 20 years ago. The couple were in excellent spirits despite the rain

The look of love: Kate Middleton smiled at her husband as they met students in a marquee set up for the royal engagement

University sweethearts: Prince William and Kate Middleton on the day of their graduation ceremony in 2005

The couple, who share Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this year.

William and Kate were in excellent spirits as they took a trip down memory lane before continuing to Fife where they met local fishermen and their families.

Kate was smartly dressed in a £650 striped Erdem jumper, £549 Jade Holland Cooper blazer and £90 Veja trainers, after changing out of the £159 Barbour jacket and See by Chloe boots she wore to race land yachts this morning.

The Duchess also let down her ponytail, added a slick of makeup and swapped her gold hoop earrings for a slightly more decorative pair from Freya Rose.

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