Queen Elizabeth II to meet pope at Vatican in April
LONDON, United Kingdom - Queen Elizabeth II will meet Pope Francis for the first time when she visits Rome, Italy in April as a guest of the Italian president, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday, February 4.
The queen and her husband Prince Philip will have an audience with the pope after attending a lunch hosted by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, during the one-day visit on April 3.
It will be the first time that the queen, who is head of the Church of England, will be meeting the Roman Catholic leader since he was elected in March last year.
The trip was announced the day after it was confirmed that the queen will make a state visit to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 5-7.
The 87-year-old monarch and her 92-year-old husband have sharply reduced their overseas trips in recent years, allowing heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and other royals to represent them. - Rappler.com