Prince George, William and Kate – and Lupo – Pose for New Photo

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Who’s looking at you, Lupo? Little Prince George, that’s who.

The 8-month-old prince glances at the family pet, as he is held in a window at Kensington Palace by proud mum Kate.

The new family shot has been released by the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, Prince William, as they make their final preparations for a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Echoing a photo taken by Kate’s dad, Michael Middleton, last summer, George is clearly relaxed alongside the family pet in their regal surroundings.

Photographer Jason Bell, who also took the pictures of the family at George’s christening in October, aimed his lens at the family as they sat in a window seat at their home, Apartment 1a, at Kensington Palace in mid-March.

The photo came as William and Kate, along with Prince Harry, attended the wedding of friend Lucy Meade on Saturday. The royal couple left George at home as they celebrated with other close friends like Tom and Missy van Straubenzee.

The informal picture Prince William, Princess Diana and Prince Charles in New Zealand in April 1983 Tim Graham / Getty William and Kate wanted to be released about a week before they leave for New Zealand. There is a precedent: The couple also released an official portrait before they started their North American tour back in 2011.

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The picture also follows a tradition established by William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who posed with the infant prince when they headed Down Under in 1983.

The portrait serves as a timely memento to mark Kate’s first Mother’s Day on Sunday (the U.K. celebrates on an earlier day than the U.S.) and gives the world a little pictorial update on the prince.

Now crawling, George has a couple of teeth poking through, and, though fair-haired like his father at the same age, he has darker eyebrows and the eye color of his Middleton side.

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The easygoing tone of the shot was enhanced by the couple’s dressed-down look. William, 31, was in khakis and open-necked shirt, while Kate, 32, wore a cream blouse and casual trousers.

The upcoming trip to Australia and New Zealand, a palace source tells PEOPLE, provided “a perfect opportunity to do [the Portrait], “since” a lot of interest “before the pair embarks. their first tour with her baby

Royal watchers can make their next look from George on 7 April, when he will be out of a plane in Wellington, New Zealand arrive obtained.

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Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo
Prince George, William and Kate - and Lupo - Pose for New Photo