ROYALTY IN ATTENDANCE AT THE CANONIZATION OF POPES JOHN XXIII AND JOHN PAUL II

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.

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King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.

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The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg presents members of her family to the Queen 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

Pope Francis and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

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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.

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

Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict

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