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    >> duchess of cambridge are making quite a splash during their overseas trip to the south pacific , but a world away lawyers are for the couple are preparing for a huge legal fight over topless photos of kate . nbc's sara james is in the solomon islands following the royal couple. sarah, good morning.

    >> reporter: good morning, jenna. it was back in 1974 that queen elizabeth paid a visit to the solomons and now her grandson, prince william , and wife catheri catherine. for those who waited hours in the hot tropical sun, it was some enchanted afternoon when the duke and duchess of came cambridge arrived in the south pacific . stepping foot on the island, a famous world war ii battleground.

    >> it's a chance in a lifetime, so something for us as a family and the kids to see.

    >> reporter: the royal couple traveled in a replica canoe to the cathedral pay iing tribute to the nautical nature after country which is a collection of islands. the couple's laidback visit here in keeping with their trip, kate wearing hiking boots rather than the designer gown she wore earlier in the trip. the royals are keeping a brave face while controversy swells about the topless photos taken of kate while she and william were on vacation in france. first a french magazine published them, then an irish newspaper, prompting this response from the company's british editor.

    >> there is no way that we wish to be associated with this because it was not a decision taken here in the uk or even consulted in the uk. it's a paper that has made a horrible, horrible decision.

    >> reporter: but an italian magazine owned by a former italian premier berlusconi has no such qualms and plans to run a 26-page spread monday. but for will and kate duty calls and they're keeping their focus on this trip to a far-flung realm of the commonwealth. meantime, lawyers for the couple will be in a paris courtroom on monday trying to prevent further publication of these fphotos and seeking legal damages from the magazine. anyyeah?

    >> sara james, thank you very

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Lawyers for Britain's royal family will go to court in France on Monday in a bid to stop further publication in that country of topless photos of William's wife Kate, the prince's office said Sunday.

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St. James's Palace says lawyers will seek an injunction against Italian media group Mondadori, which publishes France's Closer and Italy's Chi gossip magazines. The palace also will seek damages from the publisher, which is owned by former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Chi says it will publish 26 pages of paparazzi snaps on Monday of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, sunbathing during a holiday at a relative's chateau in Provence.

Last week, the Closer published several of the topless photos, and an Irish tabloid reproduced them on Saturday. No British publication has run them, and Britain's tabloids have lined up to denounce them as an invasion of the duchess' privacy.

The palace condemned publication of the images and said it was considering "all proportionate responses" against Chi, though no decision has been made on legal action against it or the Irish Daily Star.

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The strong response stands in contrast to the reception of naked photos of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas, which appeared online last month and were later published in Britain's Sun tabloid.

The palace shrugged off the photos, snapped during a game of strip billiards, and took no action against those who published them.

Some see British papers' reluctance to run the Kate photos as a sign the country's once-rambunctious tabloids have been cowed by a scandal over phone hacking and other wrongdoing, which brought public opprobrium and an ongoing media-ethics inquiry.

The storm over the photos erupted as William and Kate made an official tour of Singapore, Malaysia and the South Pacific. They arrived in the Solomon Islands on Sunday and will end their trip Tuesday in the island nation of Tuvalu.

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