A new puppy for Kate and William?

Princes William and Harry, with unidentified canine friend, at a polo club in '95According to a recent photo, Wills (shown at left, with Harry, at the Cirencester Park polo club in 1995) and Kate may already have welcomed their first "child."

The royal couple took a breezy stroll on the beach in North Wales, accompanied by a four-legged friend that looks like a black Labrador Retriever puppy. (That would make sense, since, as People Pets notes, Prince William grew up with black lab named Widgeon who often tagged along at polo matches.) So have the couple welcomed a hound into their household? Or did a stray just decide to join their perambulations?

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Well, Buckingham Palace is officially not commenting "on those photos, or any dog that is within them." (Heh.) But Kate did ask her husband for a dog for Christmas, and may have received a puppy over the holidays. (The two have exchanged puppies before: in 2009, Kate got a Cocker Spaniel named Otto, who made headlines by allegedly snacking on pearl earrings William got her for her birthday; William received -- you guessed it -- a black Lab.) And "the general consensus" in the weeks before the winter holiday said that a little canine would top Kate's lists of presents from William.

We can't say for sure that the pictured pooch belongs to the newlyweds. We can tell you that the customary "adopting a dog means they're gearing up for a human baby" chatter has already begun. We can also tell you that a dog toy did appear on the couple's lengthy list of wonderful and weird wedding gifts.

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