Prince William and Kate Middleton
Duke and Duchess Return from Asia Pacific Tour

Prince William and Kate Midldeton are on their way home winding up their nine-day Asia-Pacific tour, which was overshadowed by the publication of topless pictures of the duchess.

Despite saying they were shocked and angry by the images, which were taken with a long lens during their recent holiday in France, the royal couple continued the Queen's Diamond Jubilee visit of the South East Asia and the South Pacific.

In Tuvalu, the couple joined islanders in a traditional dance, wearing grass skirts in true Tuavaluan style.

Before leaving the Islands, the royals listened to a singing display by the residents of the island of Niutao. Nearly 20 islanders transported William and Kate in a traditional carriage to their plane.

The couple was showered with gifts in Tuvalu that included woven mats, fans and models of a traditional house village and canoe.

Prince William and Kate
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, ride a traditional war canoe in Tavanipupu.

Meanwhile, a French court banned celebrity magazine Closer from reprinting or resale of the semi-naked pictures of the duchess.

The judge also ordered Closer to hand over all copies to representatives of the royals within 24 hours. Failure to do so will attract a daily fine of €10,000 (£8,000).

"These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred metres from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive," said the judge.

In addition to the ban, Closer was ordered to pay the royal couple €5,000 (£4,000) in damages and around €2,000 in legal fees.

The judge also stipulated that Mondadori, the Italian publishing house which publishes the French version of closer, will receive a €10,000 fine for any future use of the photos in France.

The decision was welcomed by the royals as they always believed "the law had been broken" and they were entitled to their privacy, the BBC reported.

However the order does not preclude publication of the pictures outside France. Following Closer, the Republic of Ireland tabloid Daily Star and Italian magazine Chi, which is also published by Mondadori, have run the topless pictures of Kate Middleton.