The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge resumed their tour of South East Asia by visiting one of the world's tiniest countries, Tuvalu, on Tuesday while the furore over the Kate Middleton topless photos continued in Europe.


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The Duchess of Cambridge at Honiara Airport on Tuesday

Tuvalu, a Commonwealth nation consisting of nine tiny islands, has a population that barely exceeds 10,000 people, with tiny countries such as the Vatican and Nuaru below it in the worldwide standings.

Before leaving, the Duke and Duchess were waved off by hundreds of supporters at a ceremony at Honiara Airport on the Solomon Islands, before boarding a plane set for Tuvalu.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton at Honiara Airport, Solomon Islands

William and Kate are the Queen's representatives on the tour, as the royal family continue their various trips around the world in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.

The nine-day tour has been mired by the ongoing scandal of topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge.

In France, a lawyer representing the two, Aurelien Hamelle, will be in court when a ruling is due to be given on Tuesday to decide whether to impose an injunction on the pictures being published again.

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  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge at Nauti Primary School during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak with children from Nauti Primary School during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with children from Nauti Primary School during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are carried from the plane to a welcoming ceremony during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duke of Cambridge speaks with students from the University of the South Pacific during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak with students from the University of the South Pacific during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with children from Nauti Primary School during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with students from the University of the South Pacific during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with students from the University of the South Pacific during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with children from Nauti Primary School during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duke of Cambridge speaks with students from the University of the South Pacific during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Nauti Primary School in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, part of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge gets into costume with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge sprays perfume on dancers at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge gets into costume with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge gets into costume with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge gets into costume with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge gets into costume with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance 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)

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dance with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    NOTE ALTERNATE CROP.The Duchess of Cambridge dances with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dance with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific - Day Eight

    The Duchess of Cambridge prepares to dance with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance 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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance 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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the dancing 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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the dancing 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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance 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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance 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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance 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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    TUVALU - SEPTEMBER 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance 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)

  • The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 8

    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)

  • TUVALU-BRITAIN-ROYALS

    Britain's Prince William (C) and his wife Catherine (R), the Duchess of Cambridge, wearing traditional headwear, watch a welcoming 'fatele' upon their arrival in Funafuti in Tuvalu on September 18, 2012. 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. AFP PHOTO / TONY PRCEVICH (Photo credit should read Tony Prcevich/AFP/GettyImages)

  • TUVALU-BRITAIN-ROYALS

    Britain's Prince William (L) and his wife Catherine (R), the Duchess of Cambridge, are carried on thrones upon their arrival at Funafuti in Tuvalu on September 18, 2012. 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. AFP PHOTO / TONY PRCEVICH (Photo credit should read Tony Prcevich/AFP/GettyImages)

  • TUVALU-BRITAIN-ROYALS

    Britain's Prince William (L) and his wife Catherine (R), the Duchess of Cambridge, are carried on thrones upon their arrival at Funafuti in Tuvalu on September 18, 2012. 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. AFP PHOTO / TONY PRCEVICH (Photo credit should read Tony Prcevich/AFP/GettyImages)