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Kate wins, court says no more pics

Kate wins, court says no more pics
Britain’s Prince William and wife Catherine were carried on thrones after arriving in remote Tuvalu on Tuesday even as their lawyers won an injunction for them, preventing French magazine Closer from publishing further topless pictures of the sunbathing.

Nearly half the population of 10,500 turned out to greet the future king and his wife, a day after their lawyers lodged a criminal complaint in Paris against a French magazine that published photos of Catherine sunbathing topless.

Throughout the day, ferries packed with excited people from distant atolls arrived in the Tuvalu capital Funafuti, much of which had been freshly painted for the royal visit.

When William and Catherine stepped off their private jet they were carried on multi-coloured thrones to the parliament building where they were welcomed by Governor General Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli and Prime Minister Willy Telavi.

Tuvalu residents say the visit is the biggest event since Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, William’s grandmother, arrived in the Pacific nation in 1982.

The couple will also inspect a thriving coconut tree she planted and plant two more.

William and Catherine will also visit a primary school where they will take part in a game of te ano, a localised version of volleyball, before going to the University of the South Pacific Tuvalu Campus.

In the evening they are due to watch a traditional canoe race and be shown elements of local culture including weaving, making fishing nets, the preparation of garlands and cooking.

Their brief visit wraps up a nine-day Asia-Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee which has kept them away from the growing furore in Europe over the publication of the topless photos.


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