16/09/2012 13:04 BST | Updated 16/09/2012 14:08 BST

Kate And Wills Receive Rapturous Welcome In Solomon Islands (PICTURES)

Kate and Wills put on a brave face on the latest leg of their tour of Southeast Asia, receiving a rapturous welcome from the people of the Solomon Islands on Sunday, who came out in their tens of thousands to cheer their future King and Queen.

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The couple received a very warm welcome from the locals

In England, the royal couple's officials have been preparing a legal case for damages against the publishers of the French magazine Closer which first printed the images.

Riding in a symbolic war canoe along palm-tree lined roads and with a garland of flowers around their necks the Duke and Duchess appeared a world away from the furore that surrounds the publication of the Duchess's topless photos.

From an open-topped Toyota van decorated to look like a fearsome war vessel they waved and smiled back at the crowds who stood five deep in places.

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The Duke and Duchess with His Excellency the Governor General of the Solomon Islands


Kate steps out in traditional Island clothing


Kate looking tanned in pink

The screaming well-wishers lined the royal couple's five-mile route from the airport into Honiara - capital of the South Pacific nation - and a police car with lights flashing and its siren blazing led the way to clear the crowds.

Barbara Daufanamae, 21, a student and friend Frances Vahimana, 22, both from Honiara, had waited for hours in sweltering temperatures to see the royals who are touring the region in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and when they passed were left shaking with excitement.

Daufanamae summed up the mood when she said: "We are just so excited to see them come here. I think almost everyone in Honiara is here.

"This is just so unexpected, it's such a privilege for the country, out of all the countries of the Pacific to have them come here is a privilege.

"Nothing really happens in town so when some body comes everybody comes out and everybody goes crazy."


The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge on an open-top vehicle, shaped as a traditional canoe

In London the controversy surrounding the Duchess' topless pictures took a new twist when the publishers of a tabloid paper, which became the second journal to use the images, both denied they had given the go-ahead for the intimate pictures of Kate to be printed.

Northern and Shell and Independent News and Media, who own the Irish Daily Star, have issued statements denying prior knowledge of publication of the pictures in the paper's Republic of Ireland edition, and expressing regret.

The photographs show Kate sunbathing in just a bikini bottom while on holiday with William at Chateau d'Autet, near Aix-en-Provence, were published in Closer magazine - which is run by a different company from the British version - last week.

But a third publication may increase the Duchess' distress as Italian gossip magazine Chi promises to follow the lead of the others and print a 26-page special edition next week featuring the images.