Topless islanders welcome Kate, Wills
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 5:20a.m.
By By Tara Ravens
A world away from the photo scandal that has rocked the British royal family, William and Kate have come face to face with a group of bare-breasted women.
The islanders wore only body paint, banana leaves and big smiles as they greeted The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their second day in the Solomon Islands at a cultural event in the steamy capital Honiara.
The outing came as palace lawyers made a formal criminal complaint to French prosecutors, who will decide whether to charge the photographer behind the salacious snaps of Kate on holiday in southern France clad in only her bikini bottoms.
The initial anger felt by the couple is believed to have subsided, and they are keen to put the episode behind them as they continue on their nine-day tour of Southeast Asia and the Pacific on behalf of the Queen.
But when scandal hijacks a royal tour, it seems there's just no escaping it.
Bare-breasted women and scantily clad men pounded the dirt with their bare feet in a welcome dance unique to their province of Choiseul as William and Kate got out of their car, setting off the tens of thousands of cheering fans who gathered in Honiara for a second day.
Under a natural canopy of rain trees, the royals were taken on a tour of nine bark huts showcasing the individual music, styles and handicrafts of the Solomon Islands' nine separate provinces.
Almost in step with their vibrant look, Kate wore a bright yellow dress from British label Jaeger, teamed with beige LK Bennett heels.
She was unexpectedly adorned with a decorative headpiece of exotic frangipani and bougainvillea.
A local youngster then took on the future king of England in a show of football prowess.
"He was good, yes, but not as good as me," said Philemon Fatai, 13, after he stopped two of the Duke's three attempts at scoring.
In the afternoon the Duke and Duchess landed on Marau. Stepping out on to a tiny dirt airstrip they were greeted by a group of whooping spear-carrying tribesmen painted with white war paint.
As is traditional, the girls were bare-breasted, as were more than 30 other women who danced for them.
The couple's 15-minute visit caused such excitement that people walked up to six hours through forest paths to get to Marau.
"It's a real treat for us to be here," said Kate, who had changed into a navy blue Mulberry dress.
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18/09/2012 6:22:44 a.m.
The Loyal couple looks stunning with Kates head band..
Why not send that pervert from France to take picture of the pair nude breasts dancers from the jungle in their so called magazine or ooh no the loyal bikini picture brings in big bucks by stealing the loyal picture and privacy..
Jealousy won't get you nowhere frog legs but pay for the damages that you caused..
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