The Queen and the Popes

The Queen and the Popes April 11, 2014


Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is like the land she rules: Both of them are built for endurance.

I put together a few photos of the Queen and her many visits with many popes.

I hope you find them as enjoyable as I do.











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18 responses to “The Queen and the Popes”

  1. The thought of history past and now, to see the Queen in the company of Peter, in Rome no less, it is a blessing indeed.
    Thanks be to God!

  2. Interesting that in most shots she observed the Vatican protocol that she wear a long black dress with a high collar and long sleeves, and a black mantilla. Was that protocol recently changed?

  3. Sometimes it feels like there is so little to smile about, but that is truly a lie, thank God. 🙂

  4. Now if she could only renounce Henry VIII and bring the Anglicans back in communion with the Catholic Church. But I do admire QEII.

  5. When I am her age, I will continue to wear anything i want! 🙂 As for keeping the Pope waiting? I’m sure he wasn’t upset about it.

  6. Why should she wear a long black dress with a high collar and long sleeves and a black mantilla in this century? If the women were supposed to dress in ancient clothes, what were the men supposed to wear? Perhaps even if the protocol wasn’t changed, I would think the Queen of a country (and not a Catholic) should be able to wear what she wants, which in the case of the Queen, would never be inappropriate, IMO.

  7. He looks happier in this photo than with President Obama. 😀 Of course, these two were probably just visiting and not butting heads… that would make a difference for me, I know. 🙂

  8. She respects the customs of Arab countries when she visits them (never exposing any leg) , and she respects the customs of the Vatican when visits the pope. The Vatican does not have a similar requirement for male visitors – male guests wear suits or military dress. The Vatican has different dress protocol rules for men and women, which shouldnt surprise us as its the Vatican and not the White House.

  9. How many Catholic women still wear a head covering when attending Mass today or make sure their legs are covered? I personally think she looks her usual well dressed self in the last 2 pictures. When I see the Queen covering her face in an Arab country, I will find it most interesting. Let’s face it, when doesn’t the Queen look “proper” in public? If indeed the Vatican does have different dress protocols for men than women—what does that say?

  10. Would have been fun to see what else was in the basket besides the fine local whiskey. 🙂

  11. According to the article linked to by FW Ken (regarding the gifts exchanged during the visit),

    On all four previous visits, the Queen had worn black. But Pope Francis had said this would not be necessary. So, for yesterday’s meeting, she was in the same lilac ensemble which she wore on a visit to Hertfordshire during her Diamond Jubilee.

    So it seems that the Pope has either relaxed the requirement or has relaxed it for her.

  12. Thank you, Ken! I totally enjoyed seeing those pictures and reading the article. The Orb for little Prince George is beautiful! I also noted and was pleased to read that the Pope thought that there was no reason for her to wear black. So in keeping with this man. I have been impressed with his approach to the position he is now in.

  13. Yes similar dress with Benedict. Maybe by that time the requested requirement of dress for women had been changed.