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

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Lupo

Jason Bell/Camera Press/Redux

updated 03/29/2014 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 03/29/2014 AT 6:00 PM ET

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 last 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 partied with other close friends including Tom and Missy van Straubenzee.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Lupo

Jason Bell/Camera Press/Redux
William and Kate wanted the informal image to be released a week before they leave for New Zealand. There’s a precedent: The couple also released an official portrait before they kicked off their North American tour back in 2011.

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