Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen Elizabeth II visits pope

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Pope Francis waves to faithfuls upon his arrival on St. Peter's square at the Vatican on April 2, 2014Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina. The royal, who is “supreme governor” of the Church of England, will also be meeting the Argentine pope against the backdrop of thorny Anglican-Catholic relations. She will be accompanied by her 92-year-old husband Prince Philip. Their audience with the leader of the world’s Catholics at 1300 GMT will come after a lunch with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, a former communist with a similar largely ceremonial role to that of the British royal family.

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