15/09/2012 11:42 BST | Updated 15/09/2012 13:48 BST

Kate Middleton 'Topless' Meme Takes Off On Twitter (PICTURES)

In the face of widespread furore over the publication of topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, Twitter users are biting back.

And what are they using to protest the infringement of Kate's privacy? A meme, of course. A search for 'topless Kate' on the social networking site will allow users to see a variety of pictures of the future princess - all with the top part of her body cut out.

One joker even photoshopped the words 'Kate Middleton' onto a beach, slicing the top off, to create a true topless Kate pic.

A picture of 'topless' Kate Middleton

Despite the palace describing the publication of pictures of Catherine in French magazine Closer yesterday as a "grotesque and totally unjustifiable" invasion of privacy, on Saturday it emerged that the Irish Daily Star paper was running the images in its Republic of Ireland edition.

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Twitter users have their own spin on the topless pictures of Duchess Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier launched legal action for breach of privacy against the publishers of Closer magazine in France after it published topless pictures of Kate.

The pictures were taken last week while the couple were staying in Provence at a chateau owned by Lord Linley, the Queen's nephew, ahead of their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East.

Twitter's Version Of 'Topless' Kate Middleton