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Royals lap up puppy love as New Zealand tour wraps up

Published on Apr 16, 2014 9:49 AM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine experienced on Wednesday some puppy love from German Shepherds destined to be police dogs before departing New Zealand with baby Prince George for the Australian leg of a three-week tour.

The couple, who included their own dog Lupo in an official family portrait released last month, fussed over the puppies and questioned their foster carers at Wellington's Royal New Zealand Police College about the animals' eating and exercise habits.

"Do they eat all your shoes?" Kate asked as she held a chewing pup.

They also went walkabout in the heart of the capital at the end of their 10-day stay in New Zealand, where they have attracted crowds in the tens of thousands, even in small regional towns such as Blenheim and Cambridge.

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