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The Best of Prince William & Kate’s Jubilee South Pacific Visit (Photos)

From the queen’s coconuts in Tuvalu to a Diana orchid in Singapore, a look at the royals’ Far East tour.

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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.

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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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Hula Girl

Kate prepares to dance with the ladies at the Vaiku Falekaupule for an entertainment program on Sept. 18 in Tuvalu.

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Milk of Human Kindness

William and Catherine drink coconut milk from a tree planted by the queen in 1982 in Tuvalu.

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Flowers in One's Hair

William visited the resort island of Tavanipupu on Sept. 18 in Tuvalu.

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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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By Royal Appointment

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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All Smiles

 Kate smiles to locals through a car window as she departs the Cultural Village in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

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Riding High

William and Kate ride past local Solomon Islanders aboard a truck decorated as a canoe in Honiara.

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Riding High

Wiliam and Kate in their special boat/truck.


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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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Kate Effect

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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Crowd Control

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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Modest Dress

The day the topless pictures were published, Kate visited a mosque.

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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.

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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.

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By Popular Demand

WilKat arrives at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sept. 13.

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A Somber Moment

William and Kate look at the headstones of war dead as they visit the Kranji Memorial Cemetery in Singapore.

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Birthday Letter

Kate writes a birthday message for leukemia sufferer Zakwan Anuar, 15, at Hospis Malaysia.

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Why Water?

Pregnancy speculation went into overdrive when  William and Kate made the royal toast with water.



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William and Kate visited Gardens by the Bay on Sept. 12 in Singapore.

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Singapore Britain Royal

Prince William shook hands with Paralympic medalists (from left) Jouin Tan, Theresa Goh, and Laurentia Tan at the Eden Hall in Singapore on Sept. 12.

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Photo Op

Fans pose for a photograph.

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Crowding Out

 Kate greets fans during her visit to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

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Singapore Sling

 William talks to fans who had waited for him and his wife, Catherine,  at Gardens by the Bay during his visit in Singapore.

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Walk and Wave

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smiles at members of public in the crowd as she walks alongside Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

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Singapore Students

Catherine interacts with students and their teacher at an art therapy session, part of the Rainbow Centre's special-education program, at the Margaret Drive School in Singapore on Sept. 12.

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More Water, Ma'am?

Catherine toasts Mary Tan, the president of Singapore's wife, at a dinner.

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Guard of Honor

Prince William stops to talk to an honor guard member during the welcome ceremony at the Istana.

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Orchid for Diana

Kate and William smile as they look at an orchid named in honor of Princess Diana at Singapore Botanical Gardens.

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Singapore Britain Royals

Prince William watches Kate receive flowers upon arrival at the VIP terminal of Changi International Airport on Sept. 11 in Singapore. 

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Catherine and William leave Singapore Botanical Gardens.

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What Kate Wore

This combination of pictures shows outfits worn by Kate during the nine-daySoutheast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.