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Kate Middleton & Prince William Adopt Cocker Spaniel Puppy (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/ 1/2012 4:16 pm Updated: 02/ 2/2012 10:52 am

Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are welcoming a little one to their newly-formed family -- but it isn't a baby. The Telegraph reports the newlyweds have just adopted a cocker spaniel puppy, whose name has not been released.

According to the report, the puppy is barely a few months old and is the son of Kate's mother's dog, Ella.

US Weekly reports the couple was initially worried they weren't ready to take care of a pet, but after a short trial period, all fears were assuaged.

"William and Catherine fell in love with the pup instantly and it wasn't long before they decided to keep him," a Palace aide told the magazine. "He's now part of the royal fold!"

The addition comes at a good time for the Duchess, as William is set to be deployed to the Falkland Islands as a search and rescue helicopter co-pilot this month, the Mirror reports.