In a historic ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis presided over the Mass and canonization ceremony of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Also present was Pope Emeritus Benedict. Among members of royalty attending the ceremony were the former King Albert II of the Belgians and Queen Paola, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, and Prince Hans Adam and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein. The Queen of Spain, Queen of the Belgians, and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg exercised their privilege of wearing white (the privilege du blanc) which allows certain Roman Catholic sovereigns to wear the color in the presence of the Pope. Photos by Getty Images.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.
The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg presents members of her family to the Queen of Spain.
Pope Francis and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
The former King Albert II of the Belgians and Queen Paola. The couple met during the coronation as pope of the newly canonized saint, John XXIII.
Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict
The Netherlands was awash in orange as the nation celebrated its first King’s Day in over 120 years. Previously the nation had celebrated Queen’s Day during the reigns of Queens Wilhelmina, Juliana, and Beatrix. As part of the festivities King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife, Queen Maxima, visited a part of their kingdom, this year being the fishing village of De Rijp. The king and queen were also in Amsterdam where they were joined by members of the royal family including their daughters, the Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane. Photos by Getty Images.
Belgium’s former king, Albert II, and his wife, Queen Paola, were received in a private audience by Pope Francis in the Vatican on April 26, 2014. The couple, photographed arriving at the Cortile di San Damaso, were visiting Rome on the occasion of the canonization of Pope John XIIII and Pope John Paul II. Photos by Getty Images.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have ended their three week tour Antipodean tour on April 25, 2014. They boarded a plane from Fairbairne Airbase accompanied by their nine month old son, Prince George of Cambridge. Photos by Getty Images.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a crowd of over 35,000 at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on April 25, 2016 for a ceremony at dawn to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the ill-fated Australian and New Zealand Corps (ANZAC) landing at Gallipoli. At the War Memorial, the couple paid their respects to the war dead and placed posies of rosemary and Kangaroo Paw at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. William and Catherine also planted an Aleppo Pine tree propagated from seeds taken from Gallipoli. Photos by Getty Images.
On April 24, 2014 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Canberra, Australia’s capital where they planted a tree at the National Arboretum. The couple also attended a formal reception at Parliament House hosted by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. William and Catherine also visited the National Portrait Gallery. Another reception took place at Government House hosted by the Governor General, Peter Cosgrove. Photos by Getty Images.
The city of Adelaide was the next stop for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are on their tour of Australia. During their visit, on April 23, 2014, William and Catherine were shown how to play on DJ decks during a stop at a youth community centre. The duke and duchess were presented with a skate board bearing the name of ‘George’ for their son. The couple also unveiled a plaque commemorating the naming of Prince George Plaza. Photos by Getty Images.