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Topless Kate Middleton photos: 'Closer' UK issues statement

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Closer UK has issued a statement about the long-lens photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge published in French Closer.

The Facebook page for the British magazine has received several complaints regarding the front-page publication of the images.

Duchess of Cambridge, visit to the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore

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Duchess of Cambridge, nine-day tour of the Far East and South Pacific, Singapore

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"Morning all, understandably we have had a lot of messages this morning about the decision by Closer magazine in France to publish pictures of Kate Middleton," the message read.

"To clarify, this is the facebook page for Closer UK, published by Bauer media, and an entirely different magazine to Closer France."

It continued: "Closer France is published under licence by Italian business Mondadori, and Closer magazine UK would like to make it clear that the two publications make entirely independent editorial decisions.

"If you would like to contact France they can be reached over on twitter @closerfr."

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, left, watches his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, center, receives flowers upon arrival at the VIP terminal of Changi International Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Singapore. The British royal couple is on an official three-day trip to Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, Pool)

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A formal statement from the publication added: "The comments made by the editor of the French edition which have been reported in the media today do not reflect the opinions of Closer magazine UK.

"Closer magazine UK was not offered any pictures of this nature and certainly has no intention of publishing the photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge which have been published in France this morning.

"Closer magazine UK takes its obligations under the PCC [Press Complaints Commission] Code extremely seriously and would never publish topless images of a member of the Royal family on its cover or otherwise. "

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