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William and Kate's Jungle Fashion: Duchess Remains Composed Amidst Topless Photo Scandal



Kate Middleton has proven to be a true royal princess.

The Duchess of Cambridge put on smiles amidst the media frenzy over her topless photos, managing her way through the events in the nine-day Diamond Jubilee tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific with Prince William.

Some surreal time away in the jungle, perhaps, helped Middleton find peace. 

Though William and Kate are reportedly “very very angry” over the topless photos published on French Closer magazine Friday, the Duchess especially impressed the world with her calm and composed manner. Middleton managed to smile every now and then, and even was seen giving a hand of support to her husband, who did show signs of frustration.

Following their Malaysia tour, the royal couple spent three hours Saturday, touring the Danum Valley Conservation Area in a rainforest in Borneo.
The Duchess and Duke were then hoisted up a 130-feet tree in the rainforest.

“I’m going to go ‘whee’ and fly the way up,” Kate joked as she was propelled into the sky, reported The Hollywood Life.

Prince William even talked about wardrobe malfunctions.

“Girls don’t have the same wardrobe malfunctions as men do,” William said as he looked up at his wife, according to The Daily Mail.
“I hope I don’t have any wardrobe malfunctions. It’s not quite as impressive as the Shard.”

Though she was not seen in her usual glamorous dresses, Kate Middleton revealed her innate elegance in her jungle outfit. The Duchess donned a green blouse, slim-cut beige cargo pants and a leather belt, paired with brown walking boots.

Middleton was looking forward "immensely" to visiting this "virgin jungle,” according to royal aides.

And the grand nature did help the Duchess refresh her mind from the disturbing scandal.

“That was rather surreal, wasn’t it?” Middleton said of the 10 minutes she spent up in the canopy.

“It was amazing, such a treat, really brilliant to be up there. I could have stayed up there for hours, even though there were a lot of ants.”

 “They enjoyed it immensely and they weren’t scared of the heights. They asked about the primates, birds and insects and they were interested in how the forest is sustained,” said Kalsum Yusah, who greeted the royal couple on the tree.
“They enjoyed it because it gets them into the midst of the canopy, where there’s nothing much else going on.”

That’s probably what Kate exactly needed – a time away from all the eyeballs looking at every inch of her life.

"The visit is a means for The Duke and Duchess to experience the ecological wealth of Sabah's forests and the importance of supporting the efforts of the scientists working to understand and conserve them," a Buckingham Palace statement reads.

The topless photos of the future queen was published Friday, leaving the Duchess and Duke saddened and furious. The royals have filed for lawsuit against Closer magazine for the breach of privacy.

William and Kate were informed of the scandal on Friday morning, during their trip in Malaysia. Middleton smiled her way through a Diamond Jubilee tea party that afternoon, and kept her elegance undisturbed by the frenzy.

Through the crude trials thrown by the media, Kate Middleton seems to only prove her qualification to be the future queen.


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Sep 15, 2012 11:29 AM EDT