Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, today stepped out on their first royal engagement in the UK since a French magazine published topless photos of Catherine.

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The royal couple visited Middle Temple, one of the four ancient Inns of Court in the City of London, to launch a scholarship for disadvantaged law students which was set up in their name.

William was made an honorary barrister at Middle Temple three years ago and is the sixth member of the royal family to be made a Royal Bencher.

Following the publication of the topless pictures, Will and Kate were left “saddened” by the “grotesque” invasion of their privacy, but the duchess is determined to uphold her growing public role and scheduled appearances.

French magazine Closer was heavily sanctioned for publishing paparazzi shots of the 30-year-old royal without her bikini top on.

Catherine will represent the royal family without William tomorrow (10.10.12) when she visits Teesside and Tyneside. The prince has been forced to pull out of the scheduled visit to attend the funeral of his and Prince Harry’s former nanny Olga Powell, who died last month aged 82.