Prince William's wife Kate will not be on her own during her husband's tour of duty in the Falkland Islands: the couple have a new puppy, St James's Palace said Wednesday.
William, second in line to the throne, took off from Brize Norton on Wednesday night to begin a routine six-week posting in the Falklands’ archipelago in early February, leaving Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, back home in Britain.
It is thought their new pet, a black Cocker Spaniel will live at their home near the RAF Valley base on Anglesey, northwest Wales, where William, 29, has been working as a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot for more than a year.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a male cocker spaniel, a St James's Palace spokeswoman said.
It's from a litter known to the couple through a family connection. It's a few months old.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that the dog's father is a pet that belongs to the duchess's mother Carole Middleton.
Britain has around 1,000 military personnel on the Falklands to ensure their security following the April 1982 invasion by Argentina. Tensions between Britain and Argentina are high as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict approaches. However Prince William is expected to be back in the UK before April when his six weeks will be over.
Argentina has reacted with fury to William's deployment, saying he would be visiting the area in a conqueror's uniform. However the RAF said that overseas deployments are a routine part of the Duke's position with the RAF.
RAF rules mean that Kate is not able to join her husband on the posting.
William has been putting in plenty of hours of flying time in recent months as he bids to win promotion and become a captain. The experience he will gain in the Falklands will count towards his goal.