On an official visit to the Vatican, Charlene and Albert of Monaco appeared hand in hand before their meeting with Pope Francis. And the princess caught the eye by shaking up tradition with her outfit.
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Since her return to Monaco after a year away from the rock due to her health problems, Princess Charlene has been busy. Now fully recovered, the wife of Albert II regained her rank and her place alongside her husband at official events in the principality. After a shy first appearance to present the Monaco E-Prix trophies last April, she was more comfortable – and very cuddly with her twins Jacques and Gabriella – during an organized rugby tournament in partnership with the foundation that bears his name. And last June, it was a resplendent and all-smiling Charlène who opened the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
Albert and Charlene of Monaco united alongside Pope Francis
This Wednesday, July 20, Charlene of Monaco once again joined Prince Albert for an official obligation of the utmost importance. The princely couple traveled to the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis. And it is hand in hand that the spouseswho have just celebrated their eleventh wedding anniversary, arrived at the apostolic palace. Albert and Charlene of Monaco, a principality whose official religion is Catholicism, were then received by the sovereign pontiff for a 25-minute private audience in the apostolic bookstore, where Princess Charlene marveled at the works on display. A meeting at the top immortalized by several official photos.
Charlène shakes up tradition with her outfit
For this visit to the Vatican, Princess Charlene of Monaco opted for a very sober black look… but which did not fail to attract the attention of specialists in crowned heads since it upset tradition as reported People. It is customary for dignitaries meeting the pope to dress in black. With her elegant and discreet black dress, accessorized with a black lace mantilla to cover her head, the wife of Prince Albert followed the protocol well. Her outfit reminiscent of those worn with her by first ladies Jill Biden or Melania Trump. But this black ensemble actually broke the codes compared to his clothing choices during his previous papal visits. In the past, Princess Charlene has always sported white outfits during his meetings with the Pope. As sovereign of Monaco, the wife of Albert II is indeed one of the seven women to have “white privilege”, that is, to be authorized to wear white in the presence of the Holy Father. This special tradition concerns a handful of Catholic princesses and queens, including Queens Sofia and Letizia of Spain, Queens Paola and Mathilde of Belgium and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Maria Teresa. the “white privilege” However, being reserved for special occasions, Princess Charlene of Monaco preferred discreet black for this private audience with Pope Francis alongside Albert II.