The Straits Times
Published on Sep 18, 2012

William and Kate carried on thrones in Tuvalu


FUNAFUTI (AFP) - Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine were carried on thrones after arriving in remote Tuvalu on Tuesday, as their lawyers went on the offensive in Europe over topless photos of the duchess.

Nearly half the population of 10,500 turned out to greet the future king and his wife, a day after their lawyers lodged a criminal complaint in Paris against a French magazine that published photos of Catherine sunbathing topless. A court decision was expected later on Tuesday on their request for an injunction banning the republication or resale of the grainy pictures, which were also run by an Italian magazine and an Irish newspaper.

Throughout the day, ferries packed with excited people from distant atolls arrived in the Tuvalu capital Funafuti, much of which had been freshly painted for the royal visit.

When William and Catherine stepped off their private jet they were carried on multi-coloured thrones to the parliament building where they were welcomed by Governor General Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli and Prime Minister Willy Telavi.