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2012-09-19 10:58
 
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Sydney - Prince William and his wife Kate wound up a Diamond Jubilee year tour of South-East Asia and the South Pacific on Wednesday made notable by the publication of topless pictures of the duchess.

The couple touched down at Brisbane Airport for a 90-minute refuelling stop before returning to Britain at the end of the nine-day sweep through the region as Queen Elizabeth II's representatives.

The duke and duchess of Cambridge were tanned and relaxed as they waved to well-wishers on their arrival from Tuvalu.

The Asia-Pacific sojourn was enlivened by a furor over the publication of topless photographs of Kate taken by a freelance photographer with a long lens when the couple were holidaying at a private estate in the south of France.

Criminal proceedings

A French court on Tuesday banned the French magazine Closer from re-publishing the photographs and ordered it to surrender them to the royal couple, who have initiated criminal proceedings against the photographer.

The pictures have appeared on the internet and been published by Italy's Chi magazine and Ireland's Daily Star newspaper. The French court ruling only affects the French magazine.

The palace announced this week that William's father, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla would visit Australia in November.

It will be the first time the heir to the throne has visited Australia since his second marriage in 2005.

That trip is expected to include stops in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. One of Prince Charles' first official outings was to preside over independence celebrations in Papua New Guinea in 1975.

- SAPA

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