Princess Charlotte gave the first glimpse of her beloved pet Spaniel Orla as she celebrated turning seven with an adorable spring snap.
The little Princess was seen warmly embracing her pet dog as she posed in a field of bluebells in a sweet picture taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk over the weekend.
The charming image marks two-year-old Orla’s first public appearance since being gifted to the Cambridges by Charlotte’s uncle James Middleton in the summer of 2020.
Orla, whose name Celtic in origin and means ‘golden princess’, was bred by the Duchess’s brother James and was given to the family shortly before the death of their Spaniel Lupo in November 2020.
Princess Charlotte gave the first glimpse of her beloved pet Spaniel Orla as she celebrated turning seven with an adorable spring snap
In January this year, avid dog lover James, 35, shared an image of himself posing with his pet dogs, revealing how he was inspired by his beloved pets to live in a more mindful way
Avid dog lover James, 35, originally bred a litter of puppies from his Spaniel Ella in 2011 – keeping one puppy called Luna and gifting her brother Lupo to Kate in early 2012.
Lupo arrived with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shortly after their marriage, when Prince William, then an RAF search-and-rescue pilot, was deployed to the Falklands.
Last summer, James bred another litter of six puppies with Luna as their mother while staying with his parents Carole and Michael at their Berkshire home,
It is understood Kate and William had the pick of the litter, helped by Prince George, seven, and Charlotte, five.
The little Princess was seen warmly embracing her pet dog as she posed in a field of bluebells in a sweet picture taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk over the weekend
Entrepreneur James is a self-confessed dog-lover and owns nine pooches. He has credited both his beloved dogs and wife wife Alizee Thevenet with helping him through struggles with his mental health
‘The new puppy is adorable and the whole family are besotted,’ a friend told The Mail on Sunday.
‘They were devastated when Lupo passed away, as any dog owner will understand, but got the new puppy before he died. It was hoped that a younger dog would give Lupo some company and give him a little more life and energy.’
When the litter was born, James and his wife Alizee Thevenet, 32, posted pictures on Instagram of themselves with the six puppies, his other spaniels Ella, Inca, Luna and Zulu plus golden retriever Mabel.
‘I am sad to see you go, and yes I might cry, but it will be with happiness as each of your new homes are bursting with love,’ he wrote.
Lupo – The Cambridges’ first dog
The Cambridges were devastated by the death of their dog Lupo in November 2021, pictured with Prince George in 2016
Lupo the cocker spaniel was given to Kate by her brother James in 2012.
The name Lupo is the Italian for ‘wolf’.
He originally bred a litter of puppies from his dog Ella in 2011.
James kept one called Luna but gave brother Lupo to Kate when Prince William, then an RAF search-and-rescue pilot, was deployed to the Falklands.
Lupo often appeared in official pictures of the Cambridges, but died aged nine.
In an Instagram post the family said: ‘He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much.’
New pup Orla was also given to the Cambridges by James Middleton, before Lupo died.
‘You might be scared at first, that’s ok. Just be yourself and you will never understand how much happiness you will bring to your new families and the people you meet. Make me proud and remember to write.’
He donated the money from the sale of the puppies to the charity Pets As Therapy, which provides therapeutic visits to care homes, hospitals and schools.
The death of nine-year-old Lupo was announced in a rare personal post on social media by the Cambridges in mid-November.
Sharing the news they wrote: ‘Very sadly last weekend our dear dog, Lupo, passed away. He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much. – W & C’.
Entrepreneur James is a self-confessed dog-lover and launched his health and wellbeing company for dogs in June 2020.
He owns nine dogs; Golden Retriever Mabel, a black Labrador, two Cocker Spaniels, and five black Spaniels called Rafa, Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna – who he has credited with helping him through tough times.
In January this year he shared images of himself and wife Alizee posing with his pet dogs, revealing how he was inspired by his beloved pets to live in a more mindful way.
He wrote: ‘I’ve always found January a very difficult month, especially when I was suffering with clinical depression. When everyone is setting new goals, laying down new ground rules and striving to become a better version of themselves, while some of us are just about surviving.
‘I have, however, set myself a new mantra which was inspired by my dogs… Don’t spend every moment thinking of the one to come, or ones in the past.
‘The past is imperfect, the future will be too, but now – we can do something about that. So right now… I’m going to take the dogs for a long walk hand in hand with my wife.’