The Duchess of Cornwall broke with tradition and wore gold as she and Prince Charles met Pope Francis for the first time today.
The move was a nod to the 'relaxed' approach taken by the famously laid-back Pope, who has adopted a 'no dress code' policy for private audiences. It marks a significant departure from Vatican protocol, which states women meeting the Pontiff should wear black, preferably with a black veil, or mantilla, over their head.
For the meeting today, Camilla wore her head uncovered and donned a gold silk dress and coat by Anna Valentine, one of her favourite designers.
It sits in contrast to the royal couple's meeting with Pope Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, to which Camilla wore the required black dress and veil.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met Pope Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2009, pictured. Camilla wore traditional black for the occasion
Third Photo: The arrival of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the British School in Rome
The Commemorative Plaque of the visit of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the British school in Rome
The royal couple pose next to a commemorative plaque of their visit at the British School of Rome on April 4, 2017.
Credit: 📷Andrew Medichini
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