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Queen arrives for first meeting with Pope Francis

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Ciampino Airport in Rome on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip arrived in the Vatican on Thursday for their first meeting with Pope Francis on a one-day visit to Rome
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Ciampino Airport in Rome on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip arrived in the Vatican on Thursday for their first meeting with Pope Francis on a one-day visit to Rome. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip arrived in the Vatican on Thursday for their first meeting with Pope Francis on a one-day visit to Rome.

Pope Francis is the fifth pontiff the 87-year-old monarch and "supreme governor" of the Church of England has met since Pius XII in 1951 - a year before her coronation.