Royal welcome

09.18.12

Arise Queen Kate!

As their lawyers won a victory in a French courtroom to stop the magazine Closer reprinting topless pictures of Kate, the young royal couple were carried shoulder-high through the streets of Tuvalu today on home-made thrones, in accordance with tradition on the Polynesian island.

HONIARA, GUADALCANAL ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is carried from the boat from the dock to the plane in Marau on day 8 of their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 18, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are on a Diamond Jubilee tour representing the Queen taking in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.  (Photo by Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images)
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A group of 20 men in traditional Polynesian dress carried the Royal couple to a tribal hall for a welcoming ceremony, known as a falekaupule.

Kate donned a grass skirt and danced with the locals.

TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dances with the ladies at the Vaiku Falekaupule for an entertainment programme on September 18, 2012 in Tuvalu. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are on a Diamond Jubilee tour representing the Queen taking in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.  (Photo by Arthur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)
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