In Pictures: Rapturous welcome for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the Solomon Islands

The Royal couple travel on an open-topped Toyota van decorated to look like a fearsome war vessel.
The Royal couple travelled on an open-topped Toyota van decorated to look like a fearsome war vessel. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

While their lawyers are preparing a legal case over topless photographs published of the Duchess last week in French Closer magazine, it was business as usual today as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the Solomon Islands.

The royal couple received a rapturous welcome from tens of thousands of people who came out to cheer their future King and Queen.

The scene ahead of arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Henderson Airport, Honiara, Solomon Islands
The scene ahead of the arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Henderson Airport, Honiara, Solomon Islands Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Henderson Airport in the Solomon Islands
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Henderson Airport in the Solomon Islands Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receive a warm reception from the people of the Solomon Islands.
he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receive a warm reception from the people of the Solomon Islands. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Duchess of Cambridge smiles for the cameras.
The Duchess of Cambridge smiles for the cameras. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet the vast crowds
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet the vast crowds Credit: Daniel Munoz / Reuters

ITV News' Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart reports from the Solomon Islands.

The hat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge
The hat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge during a Sunday church service
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge during a Sunday church service Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Kate had a last-minute change of wardrobe when she ditched plans a dress she had brought from London to a banquet and instead one that she had just been given by her Solomon Islands hosts.

She made the switch just half an hour before the state dinner when she walked into her room at the hotel in Honiara and discovered that the government had left her a strapless dress with a bright pink and orange batik design.

"She tried it on, she loved it and she is wearing it," said a royal aide.

The Duchess of Cambridge in traditional Island clothing
The Duchess of Cambridge in traditional Island clothing Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose in traditional Island clothing with the Governor General Frank Kabui's family
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose in traditional Island clothing with the Governor General Frank Kabui's family Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire