William, Kate Release New George Photo

Royal heir will head out on first official trip next week

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 30, 2014 8:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ahead of their Australia-New Zealand tour next week, Prince William and Kate Middleton have released an official family photo that includes their now 8-month-old bouncing baby boy, reports the BBC. Prince George, who will accompany the royal couple on their trip beginning next Monday, is pictured being held by his mother in an open window at the royals' residence in Kensington Palace; William and the family pooch, Lupo, are at right in the image the palace says was taken by George's christening photographer, Jason Bell. As for the youngest royal's official duties on the Australia-New Zealand trek, well, it's up in the air, as per a palace statement via CNN: "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." They will head out with an entourage of 11, notes the BBC, including a nanny and hairdresser.

Prince George is held by Prince William as they arrive at St James' Palace in London, for the christening of the three-month-old, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool)
The duke and duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, in this official photo taken in the middle of March.   (Provided photo/Jason Bell)
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