Crown Princess Mary and Prince Frederik meet the Pope in Vatican City

By Meaghan Wray

Crown Princess Mary and Prince Frederik concluded their three-day tour of Italy with an unforgettable event – a meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City. And it seems as though their goal of strengthening the relationship between Denmark and Italy was a success! The couple exchanged gifts and chatted with the head of the Catholic Church, who is hailed as one of the most popular and progressive Popes in history.

The Australia-born royal stunned in a black coat with a matching high-neck blouse underneath, dark tights and pumps. She topped it off with a chic lace veil pinned to her brunette locks to cover her head and a croc-style clutch. Sided by a dapper Prince Frederik, who look handsome in a classic suit, the couple also spent time meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin before heading into the Apostolic Palace to meet with the man of the hour. They then took off to see some of the country’s most famous sites, like the Trevi Foundation and the ancient Roman aqueducts.

Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary met with Pope Francis. Photo: © Shutterstock

Prior to this incredible meeting, which topped off their Italian trip perfectly, the parents of four made a stylish visit to the Roman Baths, where Mary wore her custom white Mark Kenly Domino Tan dress with a pair of Nike sneakers – much to the delight of her fans! The couple also met with President Sergio Mattarella, chatting as they munched on Italian treats at the Palazzo del Quirinale presidential palace, a jaw-dropping white building in the heart of Rome, open to public tours most days of the week. It’s located on top of Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills of Rome.

Crown Princess Mary rocked a pair of Nikes while turing the Roman ruins. Photo: © Mega

The iconic city, which more than 4 million tourists flock to every year, holds a special place in the Danish couple’s hearts – it’s where Prince Frederik proposed to Mary back in 2004 after meeting four years earlier in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics. Of the moment, the future king recalls in his book Frederik – Crown Prince of Denmark : “I had decided that I'd propose to Mary in Rome and had also organized an engagement ring and made sure that I was able to be alone with her. It just worked perfectly,” he gushed, continuing: “Not just because I wanted to go down on my knee but I did, it's the right way to do it. And then I just said, 'You cannot say no, you must not say no, you'll have to say yes.' And then she said yes and it was beautiful and happy. We were happy and just the two of us.'”

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