Royal Family Photo: Kate, William And George Pose At Kensington Palace, With Dog Lupo

The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge have released a photo of their eight-month-old son ahead of their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Prince George is pictured wearing a blue sweater with his name on the front - plus a look of firm adoration for the family's pet dog Lupo.

Nicely timed to coincide with Mother's Day, the photo has already been splashed across many newspaper front pages.

Prince George has brown eyes like his mother and blond hair like his father, his first official portrait in five months shows.

The image was taken by royal christening photographer Jason Bell, and features Kate, William, George and Lupo looking through an open window at their Kensington Palace home.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge pose for an official family portrait at Kensington Palace, ahead of their tour to Australia and New Zealand