Bottomless pictures of Kate published by Danish magazine

Last Updated 01 October 2012, 06:34 IST

Reigniting the privacy scandal surrounding Kate Middleton, a Danish magazine has published bottomless pictures of her, days after topless snaps of the future British queen had gone viral.

Photographs of 30-year-old Kate changing her bikini bottoms while on a holiday with hubby Prince William in the South of France have been published in the Danish Celebrity magazine 'Se Og Hor' (See And Hear).

The magazine has gone further than any other publication and printed a 16-page special of photographs, including three of the Duchess of Cambridge changing her bikini bottoms, taken from the front, the Daily Mail reported.

The photos appear to be from the same set of shots originally taken while the royal couple were holidaying in the South of France. There are thought to be up to 200 photos taken of Kate and William when they were sunbathing at a secluded chateau.

The most revealing photograph in Se Og Hor, which appears on the front page of the magazine, shows the Duchess changing into a pair of blue bikini bottoms. Kim Henningsen, Se Og Hor's editor-in-chief, was unabashed by the threat of legal action and declined to say who sold the photographs or how much was paid for them.
"It's a set of unique photos from an A-class celebrity. It is my job to publish them," Henningsen said.

Henningsen also later dismissed the report of publication of fresh photographs of Kate as untrue rumours and told CNN the only images it had published were in one 16-page spread on September 20.

Those are from the same set of photos first seen in the French magazine Closer, then in an Italian magazine and an Irish newspaper, Henningsen said. They were also published in Sweden's Se och Hoer, a sister magazine to the Danish title.

Kate and William won a landmark injunction in France to stop further publication of the images by Closer magazine, under the threat of a 80,000 pounds fine. They have also handed over all files containing the images to representatives of the couple on the orders of the judge, after they were ruled a "brutal" invasion of privacy.

The court made no ruling for the magazine to name the photographer, however, and it has the right to protect his or identity under France's laws on protection of journalistic sources.

But the release of the unseen pictures of Kate confirms fears that the injunction will do little to halt the worldwide spread of the pictures. The revealing photographs of the Royal couple relaxing on a private balcony were first published in French magazine Closer, before a 26-page special was published in Italy's Chi and Ireland's Irish Daily Star.

(Published 30 September 2012, 13:57 IST)

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