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
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)

(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.

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Mar 30, 2014 4:41 PM CDT
Cute kid, sure, but I have a cousin who is a royal family freak and I see a dozen pics a day on Facebook. William, now and then; Harry now and then; Diana, then; George and Kate and William ad nauseum; fortunately very few of Charles. I don't care if I never see another royal family photo ever again.
Mar 30, 2014 12:46 PM CDT
Cute, cute. A boy and his dog.
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Mar 30, 2014 10:52 AM CDT
Born in inauspicious 2013 Year of the Snake, little George has already killed one nurse.