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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 01/31/2012

In other news: Wills and Kate’s new puppy can’t inherit the throne

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in London ealier this month, sans puppy. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
It’s official: Prince William and Kate Middleton have a new puppy, palace officials confirmed to NBC Tuesday. The young royals bucked Windsor family tradition by opting for cocker spaniel rather than a corgi. However, despite a recent overhaul in monarchical succession rules (in the future, elder daughters will precede their brothers), scholars say the dog is not currently in line for the throne.

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