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Paparazzi on trial over topless photos of British royal Kate

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/2/2017
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 file photo, Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, talks to runners as she prepares to take part in a relay race, during a training event to promote the charity Heads Together, at the Queen Elizabeth II Park in London. Three photographers have appeared in a French court on Tuesday May 2, 2017, over topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, an invasion of privacy case that has outraged Britain's royal family. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 file photo, Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, talks to runners as she prepares to take part in a relay race, during a training event to promote the charity Heads Together, at the Queen Elizabeth II Park in London. Three photographers have appeared in a French court on Tuesday May 2, 2017, over topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, an invasion of privacy case that has outraged Britain's royal family. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool, File)

NANTERRE, France (AP) — Three photographers have appeared in a French court over topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, an invasion of privacy case that outraged Britain's royal family.

Lawyers representing the British royal family arrive at Nanterre court, on the outskirts of Paris, Tuesday May 2, 2017. Six journalists go on trial accused of invading the private life of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, over topless photos taken of her in 2012 and published in a French gossip magazine. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Lawyers representing the British royal family arrive at Nanterre court, on the outskirts of Paris, Tuesday May 2, 2017. Six journalists go on trial accused of invading the private life of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, over topless photos taken of her in 2012 and published in a French gossip magazine. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The photos were published in a French gossip magazine in 2012, a year after Kate Middleton married Prince William. The couple didn't attend the trial outside Paris on Tuesday.

French lawyer Jean Veil representing the British royal family arrives at Nanterre court, on the outskirts of Paris, Tuesday May 2, 2017. Six journalists go on trial accused of invading the private life of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, over topless photos taken of her in 2012 and published in a French gossip magazine. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press French lawyer Jean Veil representing the British royal family arrives at Nanterre court, on the outskirts of Paris, Tuesday May 2, 2017. Six journalists go on trial accused of invading the private life of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, over topless photos taken of her in 2012 and published in a French gossip magazine. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The pictures of Kate were taken during their summer vacation in France's southern Provence region. She and William filed the court complaint.

The shadow of a press photographer is reflected in the entrance door of the court room 3 at Nanterre court, on the outskirts of Paris, Tuesday May 2, 2017. Six journalists go on trial accused of invading the private life of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, over topless photos taken of her in 2012 and published in a French gossip magazine. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press The shadow of a press photographer is reflected in the entrance door of the court room 3 at Nanterre court, on the outskirts of Paris, Tuesday May 2, 2017. Six journalists go on trial accused of invading the private life of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, over topless photos taken of her in 2012 and published in a French gossip magazine. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The owner and executive editor of celebrity magazine Closer also are being tried along with the former publisher of a French regional newspaper that also ran the photos. None of the executives attended.

Neither the photographers nor lawyers for the defendants and the royal plaintiffs commented when they arrived for the trial.

A verdict is expected at a later date.

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