The XXVI World Youth Day has just ended in Madrid. For this reason, His Holiness Pope Benedict travelled to Spain last Thursday. He was received at the airport by the King and Queen with all the honours of a head of State and all the exceptions his spiritual role as head of the Catholic Church entails.
The next day, the Pope paid a visit to the Royal Family in Zarzuela Palace, and spent around half an hour in a meeting with His Majesty as a fellow head of State. All the members of the Family, except the Infanta Doña Cristina and her family, back in Washington after the summer holidays, were present. The wait and the arrival of Benedict XVI gave us the opportunity of seeing the youngest royals, and appreciate how grown up and responsible Victoria Federica and Felipe Juan Froilán look, and how cute and adorable the littlest Infantas are.
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On Saturday, HH the Pope officiated a prayer vigil in the Cuatro Vientos airport for over a million young pilgrims. TRH the Prince and Princess of Asturias attended the vigil.
The visit ended on Sunday, starting with a Mass celebrated again at the Cuatro Vientos airport, where Their Majesties were present before attending the farewell ceremony that evening in Barajas.
Photos: Casa de S.M. el Rey/Borja Fotógrafos, Daylife/Getty Images.