Duchess Kate greeted by bare-breasted women in island ceremony: The height of irony?

Duchess Kate greeted by bare-breasted women in island ceremony: The height of irony?

Honiara : Solomon Islands | Sep 17, 2012 at 3:51 PM PDT
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Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed to the Solomon Islands

I haven't seen them because I'm not that curious about the royals, but this story tickled the funny bone within.

Duchess Kate's sunbathing topless photos have reportedly made the rounds on tabloid rags and Internet sites, this on the heels of Prince Harry's naked poker Vegas pics which surfaced a few weeks ago. Seems nudity runs in the family, which is working out as quite a bonanza for paparazzi and "rag mags" alike.

I'm sure the published pics must have sent the royals—and particularly Kate—into a tizzy. But something tells me she must see the humor in this latest "topless escapade."

Well, it is not really an escapade as much as it is the native women showing their appreciation for a royal visit.

According to the Daily Beast, the women of Marau, a tiny village in the Solomon Islands, greeted Kate Middleton and hubby Prince William on Sunday with a welcoming ceremony of bare-breasted women dancing in hula skirts, garlands, men swimming in shark outfits and much, much more.

(Read all about the royal shindig here: Kate Meets Bare-Chested Women)

Apparently the fanfare was the traditional dance of the local folks, who performed their best for the visiting bluebloods.

According to CBS News, the visit was part of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nine-day Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East and South Pacific. Apart from the topless greeting, which reportedly gave Kate a case of the giggles (maybe it brought back memories of her recent topless much-ado-about?), the couple got to canoe and frolic a bit with the locals.

The Solomon Islands, located east of Papua New Guinea, Africa, is a sovereign state of Oceania with Queen Elizabeth as the head of state. Colonialism still has its tentacles in the far reaches of the globe, doesn’t it? But that’s a complicated conversation for another time and place.

Meanwhile, the topless photos printed by the Italian editor in Chi magazine are causing quite a stir, and the royal family has filed an injunction over the topless pics to stop them being published further.

Editor Alfonso Signorini is now defending publishing those private pics, saying it "was a journalistic scoop; an important scoop" which made the Duchess look like a "normal person."

Video: Editor of Chi Explains Himself

VeronicaS is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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