Out of the bag – name of new Royal dog revealed
The name emerged during a visit by the Duchess to a primary school in Oxford.
Ever since the couple became owners of a black cocker spaniel puppy, the media had been desperate to find out the name. But in a stand-off symbolic of the Duke and Duchess’s views about the division between their private and public worlds, the St James’s Palace press office had been under strict instructions not to divulge it.
During a visit to Liverpool last week, the Duchess revealed the name to 12-year-old Elliot Casey — and then asked him not to tell anyone.
It finally came out at Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford during a session run by the charity The Art Room, of which the Duchess is a patron.
As part of the session, which uses art as therapy to help troubled young people, children are offered a soft toy to cuddle: one small boy suggested the Duchess might like a dog as she had one at home.
Lisa Hancock, from the charity, explained what happened when the Duchess was given her toy dog. “She said: ‘Does the dog have a name?’ We said: ‘No, it hasn’t.’ She said: ‘Why don’t we call it after my dog?’”
By choosing the Italian for wolf for a cocker spaniel — not a large or particularly fierce breed — the royal couple may be showing evidence of a sense of irony. “I think they liked the play on the word wolf,” said a royal source.
Lupo may have taken several weeks to come out: the Duchess’s new handle, in contrast, was there for all to see. It is “Miss Catherine” and was the name embroidered on the blue denim apron she was given for her visit.