Only 7 women can dress in white in front of the Pope...
Any Catholic Christian and believer is overwhelmed with emotion when thinking about the possibility of knowing the Pope in person. Let's be honest: spending some time in the company of the man chosen as one of the successors of St. Peter's can be great, and it does not matter what attitude one usually shows towards the Catholic Church. Of course, during the hearings it is necessary to behave in a manner indicated by the protocol, but did you know that, as a woman, it is also necessary to choose dresses with care?
In general, the women who want to meet the pope during an official hearing, have to wear black: we can check this fact by looking at the photos taken during various meetings of the following pontiffs with politicians and world leaders. Even so, the protocol of the Holy See admits certain exceptions to this rule and relates them to the so-called "white privilege". But what is it about and who is responsible for this? Below we reveal all the details of this extraordinary Vatican rule.
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Although the Apostolic See no longer imposes anything on women's clothing suitable for a meeting with the Pope, the protocol suggests valid during the visits of the heads of states, priests, journalists and even ordinary believers who come to pay a visit. In the case of women who are part of official delegations, a long black dress is required, with a high neck and long sleeves. Also, using a blanket of the same dark color is advised. Bright colors are forbidden!
Not all ladies, however, have to remain faithful to these indications at all times. Due to certain historical reasons, some of the women (the Catholic queens and princesses or the consorts of the Catholic monarchs, to be more exact) besides dressing in black can make use of the "white privilege" whose idea is under the pontiff's management. It should be noted that in 2016 only seven of them could wear white outfits during the hearings.
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Women who can wear white in front of the Pope:
Queen Sofia of Spain (perpetuated in a photo of the previous page, with Pope Benedict XVI)
Princess Charlène of Monaco (photographed below, in the company of her husband, Prince Albert II, and Pope Benedict XVI)
Reina Paola of Belgium (whom we can appreciate in the following image of this page)
Queen Mathilde of Belgium
Queen Letizia of Spain
Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg
Duchess consort of Savoy, Marina
Only the Spanish queens just enumerated can combine their white clothes with a comb. Interestingly, the privilege does not concern all the wives of Christian monarchs, nor the consorts of non-Christian kings. For example, in spite of being Catholic, neither the Maximum Queen of Holland, nor the wife of the King of Lesotho, or even the Princess of Liechtenstein cannot make use of it.
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The code of the Vatican label also indicates that this right should only be used during meetings of greater relevance with the pope, and not always. Another important detail is that many of the women who are granted this privilege in most cases opt for black garments, with which they show great respect for the papal institution. If you wonder how they should dress p. ex. Melania Trump, Angela Merkel or Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Vatican, you are about to know the answer.
If any of these women do not want to wear a long dress, they can opt for a formal version of the outfit, also admitted by the protocol. This one is made up of a black dress up to the knee (or a little longer) with the long sleeves or accompanied by a black shawl used to cover the shoulders and a black mantilla.
Which of these data do you find the most fascinating? What do you think about the "white privilege"?