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Monday 22 September 2014

Britain's Prince George poses with parents and dog Lupo

Published 30/03/2014 | 09:04

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince George and dog Lupo in their new home. Photo: Jason Bell/Camera Press /PA Wire

With his mother’s brown eyes and his father’s blond hair, Prince George poses with his parents for his first official portrait in five months.

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The photograph, released ahead of the family’s tour of Australia and New Zealand next week, was taken at Kensington Palace by Jason Bell, who also took the official pictures of Prince George’s christening in October.

It shows how much Prince George, who bears more than a passing resemblance to his father at the same age, has grown since then, though the eight month old future king is more interested in the family’s spaniel, Lupo, than the camera.

The picture was taken two weeks ago looking into a ground floor room at the palace’s Apartment 1A, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new home, where the Duchess will today celebrate her first Mothering Sunday as a parent.

Kensington Palace said the photograph was released because of the anticipated media interest in the family over the coming week, as the countdown to their Australasian tour begins.

The Duke and Duchess and Prince George will arrive in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday, April 7 and will carry out 48 engagements over the course of three weeks in the two countries.

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The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George at his christening

Prince George will attend his first official engagement on April 9, when he joins a parent and baby group at Government House in Wellington, the residence where the baby Prince William crawled for the first time when he was taken there by the Prince and Princess of Wales during a royal tour in 1983.

Prince George has already started crawling, beating his father to the landmark by more than a month, has his first milk tooth coming through and is starting to eat solids.

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