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Topless Kate photos now published in Sweden, Denmark is next

Another magazine in Denmark also plans to run 16-page spread of the pictures today


Swedish celebrity magazine has published pictures of Catherine, the wife of Britain's Prince William, sunbathing topless in a three-page spread that went on sale yesterday.

The spread included 11 controversial paparazzi pictures taken while the couple were on vacation in southern France several weeks ago, five of which showed the Duchess of Cambridge topless.

One grainy shot taken from the front showed the former Kate Middleton removing her turquoise-coloured bikini bottoms. The pictures were first published by French magazine Closer last week, then in Ireland's and Italy's magazine.

"This is nothing unusual, these are quite nice pictures if you compare [them] with other celebrity pictures that we publish all the time," said Carina Loefkvist, 's chief editor.

The magazine is owned by the Denmark-based Aller Media company, which also owns the Danish celebrity magazine . The Danish publication announced yesterday that it planned to publish a 16-page spread with the pictures today.

Loefkvist said her magazine bought the pictures last Friday "from photographers and photo agencies, the way we always do" and "before everything erupted".

The decision to publish the photos has incensed the royal family, whose lawyers have obtained a civil injunction and sought criminal charges in Paris.

French authorities on Tuesday banned magazine from further distributing the pictures and began a criminal probe into how they were obtained.

Police raided 's offices yesterday, examining journalists' computers, searching for the identity of the photographer who had taken the pictures.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Topless Kate photos published in Sweden