Queens in White – Privilège du blanc




Elena of Montenegro and Marie José of Belgium in 1939 (public domain)

The Privilège du Blanc is the honour of wearing a white dress and matching mantilla in the presence of the Pope. This honour is only accorded to certain Catholic monarchs. Normally women are required to wear a long black dress with a high collar and long sleeves, with a black mantilla during an audience with the Pope.

 The Princess of Monaco was accorded the Privilège du Blanc in 2013.

The privilege is only retained at the discretion of the Pope. She must remain a Catholic in good public standing. She may choose to exercise the privilege freely and she is not required to wear white.

Currently, the following women are eligible for the privilege:

  1. HM Queen Sofía of Spain
  2. HM Queen Paola of the Belgians
  3. HRH The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
  4. HSH The Princess of Monaco
  5. HM The Queen of the Belgians
  6. HM The Queen of Spain 
  7. HRH The Princess of Naples

While Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is a Catholic, she is not accorded the privilege because she is married to a non-Catholic.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing black, according to the protocol 






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