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Police raid magazine offices over Kate photos as other publications release images

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Back in Britain now, the Duchess of Cambridge can be confident that her and Prince William's colourful tour for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was a resounding success.But the one blot on the ten-day visit to celebrate with some of Her Majesty's most far-flung people refuses to go away.While Closer, the French magazine that first released pictures of Kate sunbathing in private have handed them to the royal family in compliance with a court order, other publications were preparing to go ahead with similar features.


Swedish celebrity magazine Se och Hoer produced an edition containing 11 images of the Duchess.  Meanwhile, its sister publication in Denmark said it had been offered 240 photographs, of which it planned to use 60 or 70.The problem the royal couple face is the unknown photographer rather than Closer, which owns the copyright.French police confirmed that they have raided the office of the magazine in a bid to find evidence that would uncover the identity of the snapper.  Detectives were acting in connection with the criminal inquiry requested by the Cambridges.


Media experts questioned the legality of the raid because under French law journalistic sources are strictly protected. St James's Palace said it was aware of the Danish magazine's plans but insisted aides would take a measured look at all routes available to them.

A statement said: "As we've said, we will not be commenting on potential legal action concerning the alleged intended publication of the photos save to say that all proportionate responses will be kept under review."

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