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Saturday 2 August 2014

Spain's new King Felipe meets pope

Published 30/06/2014|15:52

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Pope Francis meets King Felipe VI of Spain and and Queen Letizia at the Vatican (AP/Alessandro Bianchi)

Spain's new king and queen have met Pope Francis at the Vatican in their first foreign trip as monarchs and invited him to visit Spain.

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, wearing white as is standard protocol for a queen visiting the pope, were greeted by Francis in the papal library.

They chatted for about 40 minutes in private. As they left, Felipe invited Francis to visit Spain and bent down to kiss the pope's ring; Letizia curtsied.

Francis had met Felipe's parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, on several occasions, the last time during the April 27 canonisations of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII.

Juan Carlos abdicated earlier this month.

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