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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pope to Queen: Pray for Me!

Queen Elizabeth II has paid a private call on Pope Francis at the Vatican, making him the fifth pontiff she has met.

The Queen arrived on Thursday afternoon wearing a lilac-coloured spring coat and matching hat that are almost the same colour as the wisteria blooming over much of the Italian capital. 

The Queen and Prince Philip were ushered into a small room near the Vatican's public audience hall for the 30-minute meeting. 

Previously, the Queen, who is the head of the Church of England, has met four pontiffs, beginning with Pius XII in 1951, a year before her accession to the throne. 

Earlier in the day, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had lunch with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinal palace.

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