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Topless Kate pics published in Sweden

19 Sep 2012, 17:43

Published: 19 Sep 2012 17:43 GMT+02:00

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The spread includes 11 controversial paparazzi pictures taken during the couple's vacation in southern France several weeks ago, five of which show the princess topless.

One grainy shot taken from the front shows her removing her turquoise-coloured bikini bottoms.

The magazine was the fourth publication to print the pictures which have outraged the British royal family.

They were first published by French magazine Closer last week, then in Ireland's Daily Star and Italy's Chi magazine. They have already been widely circulated on the Internet.

"This is nothing unusual, these are quite nice pictures if you compare with other celebrity pictures that we publish all the time," Se och Hör chief editor Carina Löfkvist told AFP.

She had no figures for the number of copies Se och Hör sold on Wednesday, but said the publication had not made headlines in Sweden.

"It's been a bit of a topic of conversation ... but it's nothing special," she said.

The magazine had a regular weekly circulation of 105,600 in 2011.

Se och Hör belongs to the Denmark-based Aller Media company that owns the Danish celebrity magazine Se og Hør, which announced earlier Wednesday that it plans to publish a 16-page spread with the pictures on Thursday.

Löfkvist said her magazine bought the pictures last Friday "from photographers and photo agencies, the way we always do" and "before everything erupted."

The decision to publish the photos has incensed the royal family, whose lawyers have obtained a civil injunction and sought criminal charges in Paris.

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French authorities on Tuesday banned Closer magazine from any further distribution of the pictures and began a criminal probe into how they were obtained.

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Your comments about this article

20:19 September 19, 2012 by sgt_doom
I'm just surprised Expressen or some other Bonnier AB publication didn't show it.

How very, very crass but very Sveriges-like.


So, has Carl Bildt met lately with Karl Rove????
21:44 September 19, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Enjoy the law suite Sweden!! I think it is absolutely crass that they have continued to print these pictures. Just to make a quick buck off of someone else's misery. How about the celebrities go out and buy some cameras and start following the paparazzi around and take private pictures of them and their family members and then post them on the internet?! I bet they would love that!!!
21:44 September 19, 2012 by star10
They make money out of it.
03:02 September 20, 2012 by Liquidmonkey
who cares.

its been on the internet ONCE and that is enough for the pics to be out there FOREVER!

she has gross boobs anyway.
03:56 September 20, 2012 by Lotus2035
Nobody cares about Kate's tits. Honestly.
07:28 September 20, 2012 by Seamus Sean
How come when they print cartoons that will inflame and outrage the Muslim world leading to death and destruction it is done so in the name of freedom of the press...yet when the Windsors demand the photos handed over, the French do so without so much as a wimper??

She knew the deal when she married into the firm, it was going to be a life of untold luxury and never she´ll want for anything but there would also be the downside, you will be getting your photo taken from all angles and as this case shows, distances, hey I´d put up with a few topless shots getting past around if I got the rest of the deal she has!
07:40 September 20, 2012 by ZenMonk
"How come when they print cartoons that will inflame and outrage the Muslim world leading to death and destruction it is done so in the name of freedom of the press...yet when the Windsors demand the photos handed over, the French do so without so much as a wimper?? "

08:49 September 20, 2012 by table
Good people, let's stand up FOR KATE AGAINST THESE SCUMS by refusing to buy these magazines and encouraging EVERYBODY to REFUSE to buy these magazines. This would be a powerful peace protest. By buying these disgusting magazines all people are doing is feeding the life blood of these monstrous paparazzi. DON'T SUPPORT THOSE WORTHLESS SOULLESS CREATURES!!

Let's rise up against the monsters and *STOP* buying their magazines. They don't deserve your money!!! Kate does NOT deserve this treatment.
10:40 September 20, 2012 by Gee
Have to agree with Seamus, there are worse things going on in the world than feeling sorry for someone flaunting the rules of "the Firm". Damn tan lines, private villas and telephoto lenses...There are fences, screens and privacy hedges, there are guards, staff and security for what? So she can be free to sun her girls? Puleese. Spend your concerns on the Middle East issues or national poverty in Europe. Kate is a big girl and she signed up for this tour.
10:41 September 20, 2012 by smilingjack
you will find that most girls / women that shrink themselves down to a size 6 or 8 will have saggy little boobs. with push up bras these days its hard to tell. usually accompanied by faked dyed blonde hair and tattoos.

sooner or later all that make up and padded bra has to come off and reveal the real girl below.
10:57 September 20, 2012 by Stuart Dickson
Just bought it. What a waste of money. I really do not understand why on earth the English royal family went ballistic over this. Talk about shooting yourselves in the foot. They would have been far better just sniffingly ignoring it, like they do with 99.9% of what goes on in the big wide world.

I agree with Lotus2035: Nobody cares about Kate's tits. Honestly. Nor her bum. Nor her shoulders. Nor her thighs. Nor her Brazilian. Nor her... ooh, err... wait a minute... please excuse me...
10:57 September 20, 2012 by DAVID T
Ikea have just launched their new range of flat packed furniture.

They are calling it the Kate Middleton range

11:37 September 20, 2012 by peecee_uk
I wonder if the big fuss about it all has brought it to the attention of lots of people that otherwise may never have known they existed?

If so then that they have probably sparked more interest in bringing it to peoples attention and if they hadn't done that, other publications that now emerge and bravely publish the pictures maybe wouldn't have felt so inclined to do so since it wouldn't have been such a big selling point.
13:03 September 20, 2012 by 007
i wonder what the outcome would have been had the photos been of a topless music/film celebrity. certainly not as outraged and incensed.
00:29 September 21, 2012 by SystemBolaget
Trouble has always followed the Middletons - Dodgey Class 'A' Drugs Uncle - Stripper Cousin - 'Drippy' little brother Jimmy (not James as he wishes to be called, that's too aristocratic for him) and his Questionable Cakes he has been made to withdraw from the markets - Sister who is desperate to 'find someone/anyone which will get involved with her, (except her Gun-Toting Pals in Paris who she was photographed with) - Mother and Father, ex-Flight Attendants flogging cheap 'Tat' on the internet, who have 'delusions of grandeur' according to their neighbours in Bucklebury - and so it goes on,,,,!!! William,,,,What Have You Got Yourself Into,,,,???
11:06 September 21, 2012 by rise
Prince William has a wife?
11:57 September 22, 2012 by alecLoTh
Willie slummed it with Kate. He could' ve done better....but the post about tthe comparison between the cartoons and this does have a valid point.
20:38 September 23, 2012 by Schrödinger's cat
Has anyone else noticed that Kate Middleton is an anagram of Naked Tit Model?
17:31 September 24, 2012 by Munir Ahmed
What HYPOCRISY...If someone hid on your property and took photos of your naked wife for publication, it would be a CRIME...But not if you are famous?
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