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Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark met with Pope Francis on 8 November at the Vatican. PHOTO: CNS

Aussie-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and husband Prince Frederik, had an audience with Pope Francis, on 8 November at the Vatican.

The royal couple met with the Holy Father in the Apostolic Palace, where they exchanged gifts, had a brief conversation, and posed for photos.

Mary and Frederik presented the Pope with a traditional vase from Denmark and a book titled, Frederik VIII’s Palace. Princess Mary explained the design on the vase to the Pope and also the significance of the architecture of the royal palace in Copenhagen. The pontiff gave the couple several books.

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According to protocol, Princess Mary was dressed entirely in black for the papal audience, including a knee-length black dress-coat and black lace mantilla.

The royals were in Rome as part of a tour to strengthen Denmark’s ties with Italy.



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