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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared four new photographs of Prince George to mark his third birthday. One of the images caused quite a stir.

The pictures to commemorate the young prince’s 3rd birthday were taken by photographer Matt Porteous at their home in Norfolk in mid-July.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said:

“The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday.”

Photographer Matt Porteous said:

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I’m honoured that they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday.”

One photo in particular created quite a bit of controversy. Prince George was captured feeding his special fur friend icecream and the web went crazy!

The RSPCA animal welfare charity said it did not advise others to follow the child’s example.

“It is lovely that Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog, Lupo, cool in these high temperatures,” it said. “We would advise people to be cautious when giving their dogs food meant for human consumption as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs and dairy items can be difficult for them to digest.

“Instead of ice-cream we would suggest making an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients. Making these can be really fun for children and the end product is both safe and enjoyable for dogs.”

The Guardian reports, Dogs Trust charity also shared concerns. Its veterinary director, Paula Boyden, said it would “always advocate seeking methods to keep your dog cool, but possibly not in the form of an ice-cream, unless it is a dog-friendly version”.

She added: “The cows’ milk and sugar content in ice-cream can sometimes lead to digestive issues. Whenever you do treat your dog, do consider the ingredients and always seek the advice of your vet.”

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  • Whilst it’s really important to look after our furry friends I am pretty sure the royal puppy probably has a diet much healthier than most human beings along with the best veterinary care in the world.

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  • Lovely pictures ! Don’t know how many dogs get fed with the foods of our table, but I think it’s many. Sweet that prince George is willing to share his ice cream with their dog :)

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  • Good advice from the RSPCA but I do think that the world has gone a little mad when it caused such a big controversy.

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  • 3 year old kids share things and not always the right things, he is a kid, get over it

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  • Prince George is super adorable. Maybe it’s gelato (not actually sure if that’s much better). But people love to jump on a bandwagon….. for anything. I’m sure they meant no harm, give them a break.

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  • Lovely photos of Prince George for his 3rd birthday – can’t people just accept that and be so PC all the time.

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  • Unless your a 3 year old and you don\’t understand the concept of not liking your dog. He most likely loves his dog, he is 3, he would not understand and it was most likely a spur of the moment thing. You don\’t know if his parents pulled him up and said no, its a cute photo that shows the innocence of a 3 year old boy. But that\’s ok because some people just have too much hate they have to accuse a little boy of spreading the same hate.

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  • Had the dog got any ice cream on his face?! No…! Come on people!

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  • Gorgeous pics, but really? No, not good for the dog, but I think most people have shared some food with their pets at some stage. It was probably just a lick & going by the dog, maybe not even that ????

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  • Sorry, but if you love your pet, you don’t give him sweets. :-)

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  • Bit over the top! I doubt the amount of ice cream the dog ate would be enough to cause anything serious. What child doesn’t share their sweeties with their beloved pet? Storm in a tea cup. Beautiful photos

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  • Great photo’s of this handsome little prince

    I hope he has a great birthday

    Why can’t people just stop being keyboard warriors and being negative and nasty about everything?

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  • What a gorgeous child.
    I’m sure this is not an every day occurance to eat ice cream with your dog

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  • Very cute photos. Such a gorgeous little boy.

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  • I honestly feel so sorry for these people in the public eye. The dog is not relishing the ice-cream and it actually looks as if it isn’t at all interested. It seems these days that EVERYTHING is scrutinised and “picked-on” They probably only had this photograph taken for “cuteness” factor. Really if anyone owns a pet it is their responsibility to look into what is good for them and what’s not. I certainly do not advocate giving such treats to animals, but please are we passing on the responsibility for what we feed to animals to someone else? A follow your leader approach? This photo would certainly not sway me to feed my dog ice-cream, I am quite capable of deciding what to give my dog myself, as any responsible pet owner would be. As if the Royals would intentionally do anything that might harm their animals – they have professionals on hand to advise should they not know! It’s just a photo. Give them a break.

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