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  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II talks with Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 3, 2014. Queen Elizabeth II has come to Rome for lunch with Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano ahead of the British monarch's first meeting with Pope Francis. Before Francis, Elizabeth had met with four pontiffs, starting with Pope Pius XII in 1951, a year before her accession to the throne.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leaves the Palace of Holyrood House at the start of his four-day visit to Britain, Sept. 16, 2010, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Pope John Paul II, Oct. 17, 2000, during a historic meeting in the pope's private office in the Vatican, in Rome.
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  • Pope John Paul II visits Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London, May, 1982.
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  • The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II, Oct. 13, 1980.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leaving the Vatican after an audience with Pope John XXIII, 1961.
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  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are shown with Pope John XXIII after the 79-year-old pontiff received her in audience in Vatican City, May 5, 1961.
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  • Queen Elizabeth II reviews Vatican troops before her visit to Pope John XXIII, May, 1965.
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  • Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), center, and the Duke of Edinburgh, on her left, with officials of the Vatican in Rome, April 13, 1951.
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