William and Kate wrap up Asia tour and head home: Royal trip highlights in pictures
Couple leave Tuvalu as judge orders ban on further publication of topless photos
Britain’s Prince William and wife Catherine flew home on Wednesday after a night of feasting and dancing in Tuvalu, as a ban on further publication of topless photos of the duchess was ordered.
The royal couple jetted out of the tiny Pacific nation just hours after French authorities ordered the magazine Closer to hand over all forms of the ”particularly intrusive” pictures to the royal couple.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome the judge’s ruling,” a statement from St James’s Palace in London said, using William and Catherine’s official titles.
But any hopes the pair harboured of the topless photo scandal having died down by the time they reached home were scuppered last night when it was revealed that yet another celebrity magazine had printed the pictures of Kate sunbathing. Swedish celebrity magazine Se och Hoer published the pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine in a three-page spread that went on sale on Wednesday.
As the magazine went to press, the future British king and his wife were treated to a traditional Tuvalu feast of pigs, lobster, coconut crabs and local fresh fruit.
They also wore the traditional “titi saka” or skirt as they danced with locals in the remote tropical nation, one of the world’s smallest countries which is situated near the equator.
Before they boarded their flight to Australia, where they will change planes for the long haul back to England, the couple were presented with gifts including model canoes and a model village depicting life in Tuvalu.
Nearly half the population of 10,500 turned out to meet the royals during their 19-hour stopover at the end of a nine-day tour marking the queen’s Diamond Jubilee which also took in Singapore, Malaysia and the Solomon Islands.