By Staff Writer | Apr 01, 2014 09:56 PM EDT
Prince George News Update: A new official family photograph showing the eight-month-old Prince George with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their pet dog Lupo was released.
The royal family photo was taken from a window at their home in London's Kensington Palace. It is the first official photo of Prince George since his christening last October.
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Prince William, the second in line to the throne, is pictured with his wife and son looking out of an open window. Princess Kate, 32, is holding Prince George on her knee as he concentrates on looking to the family pet Lupo, a black cocker spaniel pictured sitting on the duke's lap.
The Duchess is wearing white, while the Duke, sports a shirt with the sleeves rolled up. George wear a light blue jumper with his name written on it.
The portrait was snapped by photographer Jason Bell, who also took the official photos for Prince George's christening, last October.
The royal family will be in New Zealand and Australia from April 7 to 25. According to CNN, 'it's unclear what opportunities the public in both countries will have to glimpse the youngest royal in person.'
"George being just a little over eight-months-old by the time they travel, I'm sure you will appreciate that the couple will have to make a final decision on those moments much closer to the time," announced by the Prince's private secretary.
The royal couple will visit Christchurch, New Zealand together and stop to remember the 185 people killed in the devastating 2011 earthquake.
Kensington Palace said in its earlier announcement, "There's no hiding the enthusiasm for the visit by both the Duke and the Duchess. The Duke, because he has been before; and the Duchess because she has never been to either country but has wanted to do so as long as she can remember."
The Duke and Duchess' last day will be April 25 which marks the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day which originally marked the landing of soldiers at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915.
The couple will plant a seed from a pine tree at the site of the battle at the Australian War Memorial in Australia's capital city, Canberra, before returning to London.
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