POPE BENEDICT XVI RECEIVES PRINCE ALBERT AND PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO AT THE VATICAN

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene were received in a private audience by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on January 12, 2013.  The meeting took place at the Pope’s library.  It is interesting to note whether Princess Charlene was granted the privilege du blanc as she wore a white dress and veil.  The privilege du blanc whereby women may wear white when meeting with the Pope is a privilege granted to wives of Catholic monarchs and female Catholic monarchs.  Among those eligible to exercise this privilege today are the Queens of the Belgians and of Spain, and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.  When Princess Grace visited Vatican City and was received in audience by the Pope, she always wore black.  While at the Vatican, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene also met with the Holy See’s Secretary of State, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone.  Photos by Getty Images and Corbis.

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Princess Grace and Prince Rainier with Pope Pius XII

Princess Grace and Prince Rainier with Pope Pius XII in 1957

Princess Grace with Prince Rainier, Prince Albert, and Princess Stephanie meeting with Pope Paul VI in 1974

Princess Grace with Prince Rainier, Prince Albert, and Princess Stephanie meet with Pope Paul VI in 1974

Princess Grace on a visit to Pope John XXIII in 1959

Princess Grace on a visit to Pope John XXIII in 1959

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