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Kate Middleton Topless Pictures Overshadowed By Solomon Islands 'Dress Disaster'

Poor Kate.

Forced to don a brave face throughout her South Seas tour after topless pictures of her emerged, she is now embroiled in a "clothing row" stemming from the Solomon Islands, according toMarie Clare.

The Duchess of Cambridge may have looked radiant in a pink tiered dress worn during the islanders' dinner but her clothing choice has caused "incredible frustration".

Confused Kate accidentally chose a gift presented to her by the Cook Islands (a country more than 3,000 miles away) instead of the Solomon Islands' specially-made garments gifted to her on the night of their arrival.

Too many Cooks spoil the dress? Kate chose the wrong garment to wear to the Solomon Islands dinner

William thought he was selecting the blue shirt made specially for him by a local tailor too, but apparently their room was so covered with gifts accrued on the jubilee tour, they both managed to choose the wrong item of clothing.

To compound the "disaster" a royal official told the Solomon Islanders at the time that she had decided to forego a designer number and wear the pink strapless dress because she "loved it."

Controversial clothing: no one told the royals they had worn the wrong garments

Clarence House has attempted to clear up the sartorial slip, telling the Mail

"We saw they weren't the same design of the traditional clothes we were told would be gifted. So we checked with the Solomon Islands government to ensure the right ones were worn.

"We were reassured the clothes were correct, and so the Duke and Duchess wore them to the event. It was not learned until later in the evening that the clothes weren't from the islands.

"But it was understood that the Duke and Duchess intended to wear traditional Solomon Island clothes and this was appreciated. No offence was caused."

Indeed, the Solomon Islands have laid the blame at the door of the Kethie Sunders, A member of the official Welcoming Comittee, who put so many gifts in the room, the couple became confused. A storm in a Tikki Tikki cup perhaps?

It's definitely a smaller scandal in the light of the couple's pending criminal court case against the photographer who took the pictures of Kate sunbathing topless at a private villa in Provence.

The royal couple have already won their civil case against French Closer, the magazine which first published the shots. An injunction means that the French press cannot re-publish the pictures.

However foreign media has not been so sympathetic to Kate's embarrassment with Chi magazine publishing a 36-page-spread of the shots under the headline 'The Queen is Nude'.

Danish and Swedish magazine Se Og Hoer also published the shots, as well as the Irish Daily Star. No British publication has printed the pictures, with a YouGov poll showing the UK is overwhelmingly against their publication.

The YouGov poll showed that nearly three in four of the 1000 Britons polled believe Kate is justified in taking the case to the courts.

However we may all be a tad hypocritical, as another poll showed that one in five of us have checked out the pictures. Perhaps unsuprisingly more men than women have searched for the topless shots, with the biggest culprits amongst men in the 18 to 24 age group.