On Tour The Best of Prince William & Kate’s Jubilee South Pacific Visit (Photos)
As a storm raged at home over photos of Kate topless, the duke and duchess were thousands of miles away. From the queen’s coconuts in Tuvalu to a Diana orchid in Singapore, a look at the royals’ Far East trip.
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It was overshadowed by a press-intrusion scandal back at home, when pictures of Kate sunbathing topless were published by the French magazine
Closer, but Will and Kate's tour of the South Pacific was still packed with memorable moments. Here are some of the best. William West, AFP / Getty Images Royal Wave
Kate waves farewell as she and Will leave the Solomon Islands from Honiara on Sept. 18. The royal couple were on a nine-day tour marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
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Kate prepares to dance with the ladies at the Vaiku Falekaupule for an entertainment program on Sept. 18 in Tuvalu.
Arthur Edwards, Pool / Getty Images Milk of Human Kindness
William and Catherine drink coconut milk from a tree planted by the queen in 1982 in Tuvalu.
Arthur Edwards, Pool / Getty Images Flowers in One's Hair
William visited the resort island of Tavanipupu on Sept. 18 in Tuvalu.
Rick Raycroft, AFP / Getty Images Canoe for Two
William and Kate depart from Marapa Island on their way to Tavanipupu in a traditional war canoe on Sept. 17. Their lawyers were simultaneously lodging a criminal complaint in France over topless photos of her.
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Personalized necklaces were presented to William and Catherine as they visited Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and his cabinet on day 7 of their Diamond Jubilee Tour, on Sept. 17, in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Mark Large, Pool / Getty Images In the Middle
Catherine and William wear the personalized necklaces given them during their visit with Gordon Darcy Lilo, prime minister of the Solomon Islands.
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William and Kate clapped hands as they watched traditional dancers during a visit to a cultural village in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on Sept. 17.
Mark Large, Pool / Getty Images Topless? So What?
Oh, the irony. Young girls in traditional dress presented Prince William with a garland as the royal couple arrived in Honiara on their way to Tavanipupu on their Diamond Jubilee Tour, in Marau, Guadacanal Province, Solomon Islands.
Chris Jackson, Pool / Getty Images What a Welcome!
Wiliam and Kate are given a traditional greeting by villagers beating the water as they visit Tavanipupu Island.
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Kate smiles to locals through a car window as she departs the Cultural Village in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Daniel Munoz, AFP / Getty Images Riding High
William and Kate ride past local Solomon Islanders aboard a truck decorated as a canoe in Honiara.
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Wiliam and Kate in their special boat/truck.
Vincent Thian, Pool / AP Photo The Mighty Jungle
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk through the rainforest at the Danum Valley Research Center in Danum Valley, Sabab, Malaysia, on Sept. 15.
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Catherine and William pose in traditional island clothing as they visit the Governor General's house on Sept. 16 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island.
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Onlookers take photographs as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attend a cultural event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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The day the topless pictures were published, Kate visited a mosque.
Top On, Shoes Off
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take their shoes off before entering a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sept. 14.
Mark Large, Pool / Getty Images Wining and Dining
Catherine talks to Sultanah Tuanku Haminah binti Hamidun, the Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia, during a dinner hosted by Malaysia's head of state, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah.