Queen Elizabeth and the Popes

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(Vatican Radio) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II turned ninety on Thursday. The last time she came to the Vatican it was to meet Pope Francis together with her husband Prince Philip on the 3rd of April 2014. It was an informal meeting which  marked her first encounter with this Pope. One which was a far cry from the formality of her  first encounter with a  Pope in the Vatican.

To mark this special birthday Veronica Scarisbrick steps back in time and shares with you echoes of the first visits of the Queen to the Vatican:

The first time Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II crossed the threshold of the Vatican it was 1951, she was still a Princess and the Pope to receive her in audience was Pius XII. Former Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor was studying for the priesthood at the Venerable English College at the time…

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