William and Kate pictured with Prince George ahead of tour

Last updated at 07:07
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince GeorgeJason Bell/ Camera Press

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have posed for an official photograph with Prince George ahead of their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-month-old is pictured in his mother's arms while Prince William holds their dog, Lupo.

The image was taken by royal christening photographer Jason Bell at the family's Kensington Palace home.

It is the first official picture of Prince George to be released since his christening last October.

Prince GeorgePA
Prince George was christened in October

William and Kate are due to arrive in New Zealand on 7 April with the young Prince.

They then fly to Australia on 16 April and their three-week tour ends on 25 April.

The visit will be the first official overseas tour for Prince George.