Kate gets topless Pacific welcome

21:59, Sep 17 2012
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William and Kate leave Honiara International Airport as they begin their Solomon Islands visit.
Wills and Kate in Solomons
Prince William speaks to Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo, second left, as they arrive for a short tour.
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Prince William and wife Kate Middleton pose for a photo with Governor General of the Solomon Islands Sir Frank Kabui in Honiara.
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William and Kate arrive in the Solomon Islands.
Kate and William in the Solomon Islands
Kate and William ride a traditional war canoe as they arrive in Tavanipupu, Solomon Islands.
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Kate Middleton wears a garland of orchids as she arrives in Tavanipupu, Solomon Islands.
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Kate and William watch a shark ceremony during their arrival at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands.
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Boys wait for the arrival of Kate and William at Tavanipupu.
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William and Kate are led by singing and dancing villagers in Tavanipupu, Solomon Islands.
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Women in traditional attire perform as William and Kate arrive at Marapa Island.

As an Italian magazine published new intimate photos of Kate Middleton in spite of legal action, the Duchess of Cambridge received a topless welcome in the Pacific.

In a traditional welcoming ceremony, villagers on Marapa Island in the Solomon Islands presented Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, with necklaces.

Italian gossip magazine Chi, owned by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, published a 26-page spread of topless photos of Kate despite legal action in France against the French magazine that published them first.

Chi hit newsstands on Monday (overnight NZT), featuring a montage of photos taken while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on vacation at a relative's home in the south of France last month.

They included the 14 pictures published by the popular French magazine Closer, which like Chi is owned by Berlusconi's Mondadori publishing house.

But the Chi spread ran the whole sequence of photos as the couple sunbathed on a terrace, including one shot of the princess putting sun cream on her backside that didn't appear in Closer.

The couple is hitting back hard against the publication of the images, which William's St James's Palace called a "grotesque" invasion of their privacy.

Later today lawyers for the royal couple are due in court in Nanterre, France, to seek an injunction against Mondadori to prevent further dissemination of the images, which were also reproduced over the weekend by an Irish tabloid.

The palace said it would seek damages from Mondadori.

And St James's Palace said Sunday that family lawyers would file a criminal complaint against the unidentified photographer or photographers involved.

The palace said it would be up to French prosecutors to decide whether to investigate and pursue a criminal case for breach of privacy or trespassing.

Chi editor Alfonso Signorini said that he didn't fear legal action since the photos were already in the public domain following Closer's publication.

- AP, Stuff.co.nz