She’s no doubt still smarting in the wake of the topless picture scandal that has blighted her Diamond Jubilee tour, and thanks to a strong gust of wind, the Duchess of Cambridge nearly went bottomless too.

Kate experienced something of a Marilyn Monroe moment while stepping off the plane in Brisbane airport when her floral dress was whipped up high, revealing an expanse of tanned royal thigh.

The Duchess moved quickly to stop any further flesh flashes as she stepped onto Australian soil, firmly holding down her Erdem summer dress.

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Yikes: Kate yanks down her dress on the tarmac in Australia

The couple had arrived in a chartered plane from the tiny nation of Tuvalu, wrapping up their nine-day tour of South-East Asia and the South Pacific on behalf of the Queen.

Accompanied by her husband Prince William, she walked through a public area of the departure lounge on her way to a VIP suite to await her connection to London.

The trip has been seen as a great success but was overshadowed by the media furore over the publication of topless photos taken of Kate during a holiday at a private estate in southern France.

The couple yesterday succeeded in getting an injunction from a French court which has stopped France's Closer magazine from printing further intimate images of the Duchess or selling them.

The royals are also awaiting a decision from France's criminal prosecutors about whether they will bring criminal charges against the photographer who took the pictures.

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Gotta watch those gusts of wind... the Duchess of Cambridge disembarks in Brisbane

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

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    NOTE ALTERNATE CROP.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look at gifts given to them as they bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are given a present as they bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    Locals bid farewell to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end 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 Nine

    Locals gather to bid farewell to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they leave Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Prince William and Catherine (centre), Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a refueling stop in Brisbane, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. The royal couple are returning to England after visiting pacific nations as part of their royal tour to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

  • Prince William and Catherine (centre), Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a refueling stop in Brisbane, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. The royal couple are returning to England after visiting pacific nations as part of their royal tour to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.

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