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Royals get a new family member

Monday February 6th 2012

A new member of the Kate and Wills family has arrived - and it's a cocker spaniel puppy.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the canine into their home just before Wills was deployed to the Falklands, where he is working as a search and rescue helicopter co-pilot for the RAF.

The Ministry of Defence initially refused to comment on speculation about when the Duke would set off to the remote South Atlantic outcrop.

But it emerged that he left for the islands on Thursday evening and is set to stay there for a month and a half.

It is expected that the Royals' new canine pal will settle down into their home in north Wales, near an Anglesey RAF base where William has now worked for more than 12 months.

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

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

It has been reported by The Telegraph that the cocker spaniel's father belongs to Kate's mother, Carole Middleton.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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