Royal toddler all set for first trip Down Under
PRINCE William and his wife Kate Middleton released a rare family photo on Saturday showing the couple with their eight-month-old son, Prince George, ahead of the little boy's first overseas tour.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne, is pictured with his wife and son looking out of an open window of their apartment in Kensington Palace in London.
The smiling duchess, 32, is holding George on her knee as the little prince focuses his attention on the family pet, Lupo, a black cocker spaniel pictured sitting on the duke's lap.
The duchess is wearing white, while Prince William, 31, looks relaxed in a shirt with the sleeves rolled up. George is sporting a light blue jumper with his name written on it, over a white collar.
The boy, who is third in line to the throne, has made only two public outings since his birth - the first time as he left hospital, and then at his christening in October last year.
The shot, taken by celebrity portrait photographer Jason Bell a few weeks ago, was released ahead of the family's upcoming tour to Australia and New Zealand, which starts on April 7.
George, who was born on July 22 last year, will be around Prince William's age when he made his first trip Down Under with his parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, in 1983.
The royals will be accompanied on their 18-day trip next month by their new Spanish nanny, Ms Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, who trained at the famous Norland College for childminders in Bath, western England.