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Queen Elizabeth arrives in Rome to visit pope, president

British monarch accompanied by Prince Philip

03 April, 12:53
Queen Elizabeth arrives in Rome to visit pope, president (ANSA) - Rome, February 4 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the duke of Edinburgh, landed in Rome on Thursday to meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Pope Francis.

She landed at 12:30 local time at the Ciampino military airport, where she was greeted by Britain's ambassador to Rome, Christopher Prentice. The queen is set to go to the Quirinal Palace, the presidential residence, at around and have a private lunch with Napolitano.

Elizabeth, who is also head of the Church of England, will then have an audience with the pope in the Vatican.

The 87-year-old queen is coming to Rome after cancelling a March 2013 visit to Rome due to a gastrointestinal illness that required a brief hospitalisation.

She has visited the Italian capital four times during her 62-year reign, the last time 14 years ago. La regina Elisabetta II è a Roma. L'aereo privato, un Embraer 135, su cui hanno viaggiato la sovrana britannica e il consorte, il principe Filippo, duca di Edimburgo, è atterrato all'aeroporto militare di Ciampino alle 12.3 a regina indossa un cappotto color glicine con un cappello intonato ornato di fiori. Ad accoglierla l'ambasciatore britannico Christopher Prentice.