All eyes are on Kate Middleton and Prince William to have their first child, but the couple has decided to ease into parenthood by adopting a puppy.
The couple was recently photographed taking a black cocker spaniel for a walk, which a royal rep confirmed was a puppy they had recently adopted, CBS News reported.
The rep told E! News that the puppy is only a few months old and comes from a litter known to the couple through a family connection. The puppy's name is yet to be revealed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been surrounded by several rumors of a royal pregnancy, but royal representatives have slammed the rumors on several occasions, saying the couple were in no rush to have their first child.
According to Now Magazine, the royal couple has put plans to start a family on a backburner for 2012. A source allegedly told the magazine that William and Kate would focus on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the summer Olympics as well as their various charities in 2012.
William and Kate want to take things in their own good time, the source revealed.
Prince William will also be spending a good portion of the year in a tour of the Falkland Islands, while Kate will start work on her recently chosen charities.
The Duchess of Cambridge has selected a number of charities that deal with a range of issues from drug addiction to helping young people. She has also become a royal patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, Action onAddiction, the National Portrait Gallery and the Art Room.
The duchess has chosen to support organizations that complement the charitable work already undertaken by her husband, the palace said in a statement.