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Updated: Sep 19, 2012 01:19 PM EDT

Kate Middleton

The royal couple is furious over topless photos in the Closer magazine of Kate sunbathing.
(Photo : Reuters)

It looks like Kate Middleton is not getting a break.

Recent news hit the media revealing that a Swedish celebrity magazine has published topless photos of the Dutchess, and its sister publication in Denmark said it would do the same later this week.

According to, Sweden's Se & Hor's editor said that she doesn't see the big deal with nude photos.

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It is nothing new to us to publish nude photos of celebrities on holiday," said Carina Lofkvist, the chief editor of the Swedish magazine.

She said actresses Demi Moore and Sharon Stone and model Kate Moss have previously appeared half-naked in the magazine.

"No one complains when they do and we print the photos," Lofkvist said.

Sister publication Se & Hoer in Denmark will publish the pictures in a 16-page supplement Thursday, said chief editor Kim Henningsen. He said the magazine had been offered 240 pictures but decided to use 60 to 70 of them. He declined to say who sold them to the weekly or how much money they paid.

It seems like they are setting themselves up.

The photos have already been widely published in French magazine Closer, the Irish Daily Star, and Chi magazine, an Italian gossip magazine.

Reports recently said that police raided the headquarters of the Closer magazine, which was the first publication to reveal the photos.

According to the Daily Mail, officers arrived at the Closer building in Paris at 10am, with detectives confirming they were looking for information 'which might lead to the identity' of the paparazzi responsible.

The investigation was launched by prosecutors in the French capital on Monday.

A police source said, "The aim is to seize any information which might lead to the identity of the photographer."

The photos were taken on Sept. 5 from a public road up to a mile from Chateau d'Autet, a £15million leisure retreat where the couple were staying, according to the Daily Mail.

"The court agreed that the couple 'could legitimately suppose the chateau, east of Avignon in Provence, was sheltered from prying eyes' and that the violation of their privacy was 'particularly intrusive'.

The court ruling described the magazine's use of the photos as a 'brutal exhibition' of their intimacy."

According to CNN, the French Closer magazine has been fined and ordered not to distribute the magazine in print or online, a French court ruled Tuesday.

The court ordered Closer magazine to hand over the original photos to the royal family within 24 hours of the ruling and to pay them 2,000 euros (about $2,600).

The magazine must pay a further 10,000 euros (about $13,100) a day if it is late in handing over the photos.

Catherine and her husband, Prince William, the second in line to the throne, "welcome the injunction that's been granted. They always believed the law was broken and that they were entitled to their privacy," the palace said.

"These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred meters from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive," the French ruling decreed, according to FOX News. "(They) were thus subjected to this brutal display the moment the cover appeared."

When the French Closer published the topless photos of Middleton relaxing on a sun lounger sunbathing, a royal spokesperson called it a grotesque move and that it highly upset the royal couple, Middleton and William.

"Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner," a spokesperson for St James' Palace said.

"Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them."

Closer's editor-in-chief Laurence Pieau described the photos as a "beautiful series" that showed a couple in love and were in no way degrading. 

She's a real 21st Century princess," she added: "It's a young woman who is topless, the same as you can see on any beach in France or around the world.

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