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TODAY   |  March 31, 2014

Prince George steals spotlight in family photo

A new official portrait released by Kensington Palace shows a beaming Prince George, now 8 months old, along with his proud parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate, and their pet cocker spaniel. Natalie Morales reports.

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>>> faces from across the pond. it seems just like yesterday when i was in london forever and a day . for prince george 's birth. well, now the little guy is about to embark on a big adventure with his parents.

>> they're the smiles shining all around the world this morning. in the brand new official portrait released by kensington palace , a beaming baby george now 8 months old along with his proud parents and don't forget lupo their cocker spaniel .

>> they all like happy. and george is looking at the dog.

>> the duke and duchess are about to embark on a big overseas trip next week, spending three weeks down under touring both new zealand and australia. and it's the first time that prince george will be seen in public since his christening last october.

>> william and kate decided to bring along the star of the show, which isn't kate for once, but this gorgeous prince george .

>> the trip includes formal meetings and important humanitarian engagements. along with some action and adventure for the new parents as they have done before like during their trip. this time, they'll make time for racing yachts, riding the rapids and visiting australia's famous airs rock . it's kate 's first visit to australia and new zealand . and it was the couple's decision to bring along george because they didn't want to be away from him so for so long. when the royal couple travels abroad, they always cause a sensation. and by all accounts, their upcoming itinerary is a careful balance of formal and fun. a sensibility that reflects this modern royal couple.

>> stepping out of the family, it's going to be very exciting.

>> and when william was a baby himself, you may remember prince charles and princess diana brought him along back in 1983 . baby william then just 10 months old. you can see the striking resemblance there. just a little older than his son george is now. adorable picture.

>> baby cuteness runs in the family.

>> yeah. looking at him so adoringladoringly.

>> they were having a moment.