1. ITV Report

Yahoo's 20 most searched celebrities of 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge was the most searched celebrity of 2012 in the UK, according to

Kate's overseas tour, combined with her Olympics role and the controversy over topless photos printed in a French magazine, helped move up from third in 2011, Yahoo said.

Yahoo's top 20 in full:

20. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga arrives for a signing session of her fragrance 'Fame' at Harrods in Knightsbridge, central London. Credit: PA

19. Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman at the 2012 Pride of Britain awards at Grosvenor House, London. Credit: PA

18. Kristen Stewart

Twighlight actress Kristen Stewart's on-off relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson boosted her search figures. Credit: PA

17. Kelly Brook

Model and actress Kelly Brook arrives for the world premiere of Skyfall, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Credit: PA

16. Denise Welch

Actress Denise Welch wins the final of Celebrity Big Brother 2012, in Elstree in Hertfordshire. Credit: PA

15. Robert Pattinson

Teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson attends the Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part II premiere, in Leicester Square, London. Credit: PA

14. Jennifer Aniston

Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston is a mainstay of search statistics. Credit: PA

13. Amanda Holden

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden at the 2012 Pride of Britain awards at Grosvenor House, London. Credit: PA

12. Katie Price

Katie Price, who topped Yahoo's list last year, arrives for the Royal World premiere of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Credit: PA

11. Katy Perry

US singer Katy Perry arrives for the premiere of Katy Perry Part Of Me 3D at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London. Credit: PA

10. Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby presented BBC's The Voice and ITV's This Morning in 2012. Credit: PA

9. Rihanna

Rihanna, left, pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin at the closing ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games. Credit: PA

8. Whitney Houston

Singer Whitney Houston died aged 48 in February this year. Credit: PA

7. Prince Harry

Photographs of a naked Prince Harry cavorting in a Las Vegas hotel room were printed by The Sun in August. Credit: PA

6. One Direction

Boyband One Direction were a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 2012. Credit: PA

5. Robin Gibb

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb lost his battle with cancer in May this year. Credit: PA

4. Kim Kardashian

US reality TV star Kim Kardashian arrives for the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards at the Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany. Credit: PA

3. Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole performs during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Credit: PA

2. Tulisa

Singer and X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos was named FHM's sexiest woman in the world for 2012. Credit: PA

1. Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured in the Solomon Islands before taking legal action against a French magazine. Credit: PA