The Duchess of Cambridge can't get enough of this adorable school dog

By Sarah Walker

It would appear that the Duchess of Cambridge's love for children is only matched by her love of pets! On Tuesday (Feb. 5), the 37-year-old got cozy with a cockapoo who serves as the mascot of London's Lavender Primary School. Herbie greeted the duchess, who visited the school as part of Children's Mental Health Week, with lots of licks as well as a close sniff. She responded by kneeling down to give the pooch a few pats and a good laugh.

It's no secret that Duchess Kate is a lover of animals. She and Prince William are proud pup parents to Lupo, an English Cocker Spaniel. He's been by the family's side since before Prince Georgewas born, and even appeared in the first official portrait of the future king. The Duchess of Cambridge, in particular, has a close bond with the pup. It was revealed in December that she and the 36-year-old prince decided to get the dog to help Kate cope while he was away in the Falklands Islands.

Kate presented a shamrock to Irish Wolfhound Domnhall at the annual St Patrick's Day Parade at Cavalry Barracks in 2017. Photo: © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The story came to light after the royal couple held a Christmas party for RAF families in 2018. Natalie Bressani, a guest, told reporters, "When Prince William was away in the Falkland Islands he went for dinner with some good friends of ours in the Air Force and he was saying how difficult it was for Kate because he was leaving for six weeks. It was when they’d just got the spaniel to help her with the time apart. She appreciates what wives and families go through."

Lupo isn't the only pet in the royal family's lives, though. The children -- Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and eight-month-old Prince Louis own a hamster named Marvin. Duchess Kate revealed news of the pint-sized pet back in 2016 during a chat with kids at the Magic Garden playground. One of the kids who attended the event revealed the royal duchess “said she had a hamster, and Princess Charlotte really likes it because the whiskers always tickle her face.”

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