Here are some photos from the Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis on March 19, 2013, the feast of St. Joseph. Among the royals who attended were King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene, Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia, Crown Prince-Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. The Mass, outside of St. Peter’s Basilica in sunshine, was attended by dignitaries and heads of state from over 130 countries and in front of a crowd estimated to be close to a million people. Photos by Getty Images.
Prince Felipe of Spain and his wife, Princess Letizia
Angela Merkel on the left, the Argentinian born Princess Maxima (in black veil) and her husband, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and Prince Felipe of Spain
Princess Charlene of Monaco shaking hands with King Albert II of the Belgians
Prince Felix of Luxembourg and on the right, his aunt, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (nee Luxembourg)
Royals from Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Belgium praying during the Mass. At both ends are the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and Queen Paola of the Belgians wearing white, exercising their privilege du blanc whereby as Catholic sovereigns they can wear white in the presence of the Pope
The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Left to right: Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco