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Queen to meet Pope in first Vatican trip in over 30 years

Published on Feb 4, 2014 7:43 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Queen Elizabeth will meet Pope Francis during a visit to Rome in April, her first trip to the Vatican in over 30 years.

The Queen, 87, accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 92, will visit Rome on April 3, as guests of the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth, the head of the Church of England, has officially visited the Vatican twice during her reign: in 1961 when she met Pope John XXIII and in 1980 when she met John Paul II.

The Argentine-born Francis was elected to the papacy last March.

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