The best way to react to the Kate Middleton topless photos

The parodies begin...

Kate Middleton painting a picture of a snail, with her top on
Kate Middleton painting a picture of a snail, with her top on. Photograph: Getty Images

A French magazine claims to have topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known to the world as Kate Middleton) although only the BBC appears to have seen them. The news will, no doubt, provoke all the usual comments about privacy and public interest whether they turn out to be genuine or not, but it has already initiated a torrent of internet searches by people wishing to see for themselves.

However, some are already hijacking this prurient curiosity about what's in the Duchess of Cambridge's bra.

With this tweet, @hornery sucked them in...

...and then presented this image:

Here's how @tokyo_sexwhale baited the searchers...

...So that they could look at this:

@Gideon_Osboner went with this...

And @WelshDalaiLama used a similar tactic...

The real pictures were apparently taken while Kate and William were on holiday at a relative's French chateau last week. BBC royal reporter Nicholas Witchell has been quoted as saying that British papers were offered the long lens snaps last week but turned them down.

Whether they turn out to be genuine or not, the internet searches - and the parodies - will continue to flood in...

UPDATE 14/09/2012 10:45

Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) gets in touch to offer this:

His tit picture?