Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday, when the group, as detailed by the PM, discussed “climate change, migration and reconciliation.” He described the meeting with the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church as an “honor.”
For the occasion, the Prime Minister of Canada wore a suit, while Mrs. Trudeau opted for a black dress with three-quarter-length sleeves, black heels, and a pillbox hat.
The subject of women’s dress while meeting the leader of the Catholic Church has been hotly debated as of late, as wearing a veil is in line with the traditional dress code at the headquarters of the RCC.
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“Per Vatican protocol, women who have an audience with the Pope are required to wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover the head,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, told CNN on the attire.
Despite abiding by this traditional dress code, the pair received criticism for the looks — especially the veils — across social media, as many users said they were channeling in-mourning vibes. Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama also wore a black veil to meet then-Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.
Mrs. Trudeau’s international attire while meeting Pope Francis, meanwhile, didn’t seem to garner much criticism.
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