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William and Kate carried on thrones by overjoyed islanders

Alison Potter
By Alison Potter Published on 18 September 2012

William and Kate carried on thrones by overjoyed islanders

Kate Middleton


Kate Middleton and Prince William received a rather special royal welcome as they touched down on the remote island cluster of Tuvalu.

The royal couple were greeted by thousands of enthusiastic well-wishers, who carried them from their private jet on a large throne behind a procession of performers.

Despite all the legal drama and heartache over Kate’s topless pictures, the pair looked to be in high spirits as they embarked on the last leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour.

On their visit to the idyllic Solomon Islands the pair have enjoyed snorkelling under the stars and sampling the local cuisine on the island of Tavanipupu, where they had a private meal in one of the most romantic spots on earth.

A source told the MailOnline: “It was utterly beautiful and they enjoyed themselves immensely.”

The Duchess appeared to be relaxed and happy as she got to know the locals, who presented her with a floral headband and a fresh coconut to drink from.

Pamela Kimberly, the exclusive resort co-owner where the couple stayed, told the MailOnline: “I was astounded at how down to Earth and lovely they were. They just seemed to love it. They were happy and relaxed.

“When they arrived, we gave them a pina colada each made from rum, fresh pineapple juice and coconut cream. William liked it so much, we gave him another one. He had two, she had one.

“They couldn't have been more complimentary about the island...that meant a lot to us.”

Meanwhile, the couple will be happy to have learnt that a French court has blocked the future publication of the topless photos taken of the Duchess in France.

The publishers have been given 24 hours to hand over all of the original pictures to the royal couple or else face a fine.

They will also have to pay €10,000 (£8,000) if they publish or distribute the snaps to anyone.

The injunction came after Prince William and Kate took legal against France’s Closer magazine who not only published the pictures but also sold them to other publications.

by Alison Potter