11 Mar 2015

Le Privilège du Blanc

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Though handicapped by a recent knee injury, Belgium’s Queen Mathilde accompanied her husband King Philippe to a papal audience previously scheduled. Hello Magazine

Rafal Heydel-Mankoo, who is a connoisseur of these kinds of traditions, noted that while traditional protocol requires women granted a papal audience to dress in black, a number of Catholic queens and princesses enjoy Le Privilège du Blanc entitling them to appear in white.

The consensus was that Queen Mathilde’s white mantilla was quite becoming.

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Dan Kurt

Was shocked by the photos. The queen is a doppelgänger for my wife as she appeared say 25 or 30 years ago as she is 71 now. One exception is my wife’s hair color is red. Both are Catholic, thin and gorgeous in a hair covering mantilla which my wife frequently wears when she attends a traditional Mass.

Dan Kurt



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