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Queen to make informal visit to Pope Francis

06 February 2014 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 0

The Queen is to meet Pope Francis on 3 April in an informal visit at the Vatican, Buckingham Palace announced this week.  Her meeting with Pope Francis will take place during her first overseas trip for three years. A palace spokeswoman confirmed that the meeting would take place at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis’ residence which is also a guesthouse and a home for clergy who work in the Vatican. Normally heads of state meet the Pope in the grander setting of the Apostolic Palace. The Queen, 87, who will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, 92, is travelling to Rome at the invitation of the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. The Queen and the duke will have a private lunch with the 88-year-old president and in the afternoon be received in an audience with Pope ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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