In the last few days of their Diamond Jubilee tour, William and Catherine gave their full attention to the people of the Solomon Islands, rather than to the publishers at French Closer and Italian magazine, Chi.
Wearing a yellow pleated shirt dress by Jaegar and her LK Bennett “Sledge” heels, the Duchess of Cambridge met with locals in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island. Catherine sported a floral headpiece, made especially for her by well-wishers in Honiara.
“The Royal couple are an inspiration to young people in the Commonwealth,” Commonwealth Youth Programme Regional Director, Pacific, Afu Billy told the Daily Mail. ”We are delighted about the Duke of Cambridge’s comments that he has been inspired by the young leaders he met in Honiara.”
Catherine attended a reception for various women’s groups that day, where she learned about gender inequality in the country. ”There are lots of problems here, family violence against women is a big one and also child sexual exploitation,” Judith Siota, President of the Solomon Islands Christian Association Federation for Women, said. ”A lot of women’s groups are dealing with the issue of child abuse to young girls.”
“It means a lot to us she has come to support our causes.”
The couple then headed to Marau, where they were greeted by topless female warrior dancers. Catherine couldn’t help but let out a little giggle while the ladies gifted her with locally-made jewelry. Oh, the irony.
Her Royal Highness wore a sleeveless navy Mulberry dress with Stuart Weitzman wedges as she and William received a traditional welcome. Afterwards, they were taken by “war canoe” to Tavanipupu, the private island resort where they will spend a bit of time relaxing in a beachside bungalow. The accommodations, which cost more than $1200/night, include a king-size bed, outdoor shower and butler.
This will come as a much-needed break after topless photos of a sunbathing Duchess were printed in French Closer. Today, Italian tabloid Chi featured the photos in a 26-page spread. Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess went to a French court today.
“We can confirm that a criminal complaint has been made to the French Prosecution Department today,” a Clarence House spokesperson said today, according to People Magazine. “The complaint concerns the taking of photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge whilst on holiday and the publication of those photographs in breach of their privacy.”