Jill Biden wears black suit and traditional lace veil to meet Pope

Sticking with tradition! ジル・バイデン, 70, dons conservative black lace mantilla to meet the Pope at the Vaticanfollowing in the fashion footsteps of former First Ladies like Melania Trump, ミシェルオバマ, and Hillary Clinton

  • 博士. バイデン, 70, arrived at the Vatican with President Joe Biden on Friday
  • The First Lady has never explicitly described herself as Catholic but regularly attends Mass with her husband
  • She wore a textured black and navy blazer and below-the-knee skirt with matching heels and a glittering brooch
  • Her black lace veil, or mantilla, used to be required for women attending Mass until the 1960s but is now merely encouraged
  • It is still considered respectful when meeting the Pope at the Vatican, and nearly all of the recent first ladies before her have worn one
  • The veil shows ‘reverence and piety while in the presence of God
  • Biden is one of just three first ladies who practice Catholicism in some form; she follows Melania Trump and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • First Lady ジル・バイデン was dressed conservatively in a textured black suit to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican today, topping off her outfit with a traditional Catholic veil, or mantilla.

    The 70-year-old looked polished in her patterned black and navy blazer and below-the-knee skirt as she was pictured arriving at the San Damaso Courtyard on Friday before posing for photos with the Pope inside the Vatican.

    Though Dr. Biden has never explicitly described herself as Catholic, she regularly attends Mass with her husband, 大統領 ジョー・バイデン.

    博士. Biden was sure to show a nod of respect to the Pope by opting for a black outfit and covering her hair with a black lace mantilla, which are worn to show piety while in the presence of God.

    She also accessorized with a pair of pointed-toe pumps, gold bracelets, and one of her favorite glittering brooches, before adding a funky fashion touch courtesy of some textured fishnet-style nude tights.

    First Lady Jill Biden was dressed conservatively in a textured black suit to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican today, topping off her outfit with a traditional Catholic veil

    First Lady Jill Biden was dressed conservatively in a textured black suit to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican today, topping off her outfit with a traditional Catholic veil

    The 70-year-old looked polished in her patterned black and navy blazer and below-the-knee skirt, which she wore with some textured fishnet-style nude tights

    The 70-year-old looked polished in her patterned black and navy blazer and below-the-knee skirt, which she wore with some textured fishnet-style nude tights

    She was pictured arriving at the San Damaso Courtyard on Friday before posing for photos with the Pope inside the Vatican

    She was pictured arriving at the San Damaso Courtyard on Friday before posing for photos with the Pope inside the Vatican

    博士. Biden showed respect to the Pope by opting for a black outfit and covering her hair with a black lace mantilla, which are worn to show piety while in the presence of God

    博士. Biden showed respect to the Pope by opting for a black outfit and covering her hair with a black lace mantilla, which are worn to show piety while in the presence of God

    The veil serves several purposes, including covering a woman's physical beauty 'so that the beauty of God may be glorified instead'

    The veil serves several purposes, including covering a woman’s physical beauty ‘so that the beauty of God may be glorified instead

    She also accessorized with a pair of pointed-toe pumps, gold bracelets, and one of her favorite glittering brooches

    She also accessorized with a pair of pointed-toe pumps, gold bracelets, and one of her favorite glittering brooches

    博士. Biden follows in the footsteps of many first ladies who have come before her — both Catholic and non-Catholic — who have donned the veil while meeting the Pope at the Vatican.

    メラニアトランプ, who does identify as Catholic, wore one for a Vatican visit in 2017, as did former first daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism upon marrying Jared Kushner.

    ミシェルオバマ (Reformed), ローラブッシュ (Methodist), ヒラリー・クリントン (Methodist), and Nancy Regan (Presbyterian) all wore them as well.

    Barbara Bush (Episcopalian) wore her own version of a black lace head-topper in 1991, while Rosalynn Carter (Baptist) donned a black hat for her 1976 訪問.

    While a mantilla is considered standard wear for women meeting the Pope, Catholic women often wear them for other religious occasions as well.

    The veil also serves to emulate Mary, 'the archetype of purity and humility,' and to show 'reverence and piety while in the presence of God'

    The veil also serves to emulate Mary, ‘the archetype of purity and humility,’ and to show ‘reverence and piety while in the presence of God

    Mantillas used to be required for women attending Mass; しかしながら, since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), they are just encouraged

    Mantillas used to be required for women attending Mass; しかしながら, since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), they are just encouraged

    博士. Biden's suit was mostly black with a textured fabric that appeared to have a bit of navy under certain light

    She wore heels and jewelry on both wrists

    博士. Biden’s suit was mostly black with a textured fabric that appeared to have a bit of navy under certain light

    The Bidens are pictured from behind arriving at the Vatican. 博士. Biden appears to be wearing nude fishnet stockings with her suit

    The Bidens are pictured from behind arriving at the Vatican. 博士. Biden appears to be wearing nude fishnet stockings with her suit

    While black clothing and a veil are considered appropriate for women meeting the Pope, the official dress code for a papal audience is less detailed

    While black clothing and a veil are considered appropriate for women meeting the Pope, the official dress code for a papal audience is less detailed

    Explicitly required is 'casual but modest dress.' For women, this can include trousers, capris, スカート, and dresses, though bottoms must be knee length and shoulders must be covered

    Explicitly required is ‘casual but modest dress.For women, this can include trousers, capris, スカート, and dresses, though bottoms must be knee length and shoulders must be covered

    The Bidens, along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, visited the Vatican ahead of the G20 leaders' summit, which is due to get underway in Rome tomorrow.

    The Bidens, along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, visited the Vatican ahead of the G20 leaderssummit, which is due to get underway in Rome tomorrow.

    The veil serves several purposes, including covering a woman’s physical beauty ‘so that the beauty of God may be glorified instead,’ による Catholic Company.

    It also serves to emulate Mary, ‘the archetype of purity and humility,’ and to show ‘reverence and piety while in the presence of God.

    Black lace is worn by married or widowed women, while unmarried women and young girls wear white lace.

    Mantillas used to be required for women attending Mass; しかしながら, since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), they are just encouraged.

    While black clothing and a veil are considered appropriate for women meeting the Pope, インクルード official dress code for a papal audience is less detailed.

    Explicitly required is ‘casual but modest dress.For women, this can include trousers, capri pants, スカート, and dresses, though bottoms must be knee length and shoulders must be covered.

    博士. Biden follows in the footsteps of many first ladies who have come before her — both Catholic and non-Catholic — who have donned the veil while meeting the Pope at the Vatican

    博士. Biden follows in the footsteps of many first ladies who have come before her — both Catholic and non-Catholic — who have donned the veil while meeting the Pope at the Vatican

    メラニアトランプ, who does identify as Catholic, wore one for a Vatican visit with Pope Francis in 2017

    メラニアトランプ, who does identify as Catholic, wore one for a Vatican visit with Pope Francis in 2017

    イヴァンカ・トランプ, who converted to Judaism upon marrying Jared Kushner, also wore a veil, picking a large, statement-making version

    イヴァンカ・トランプ, who converted to Judaism upon marrying Jared Kushner, also wore a veil, picking a large, statement-making version

    Michelle Obama wore one to meet with Pope Benedict XVI in 2009

    Michelle Obama wore one to meet with Pope Benedict XVI in 2009

    Michelle was raised United Methodist, but joined a church of the Reformed denomination as an adult

    Michelle was raised United Methodist, but joined a church of the Reformed denomination as an adult

    The Bidens, along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, visited the Vatican ahead of the G20 leaderssummit, which is due to get underway in Rome tomorrow.

    They were pictured being greeted outside by Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, where Dr. Biden smiled and shook his hand.

    They then moved inside for a talk and to exchange gifts in the papal library.

    The Vatican said the private meeting between the President and the Pope lasted one hour and 15 分, and then about another 15 minutes were spent for taking pictures and exchanging gifts.

    Biden was scheduled to be with the Pontiff for only an hour, but got 30 minutes of extra time. に 2017, Francis met then President Donald Trump for 30 minutes and, に 2014, Francis met with then President Barack Obama for 52 分.

    Biden is only the second-ever Catholic president, 到来 50 years after John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic president.

    ローラブッシュ, who is Methodist, is pictured meeting Pope Benedict XVI in 2006

    ローラブッシュ, who is Methodist, is pictured meeting Pope Benedict XVI in 2006

    Her daughter Barbara did not wear a veil, perhaps because she was unmarried at the time

    Her daughter Barbara did not wear a veil, perhaps because she was unmarried at the time

    ヒラリー・クリントン, also Methodist, wore black lace tied around her head for a meeting with Pope Jean Paul II in 1994

    ヒラリー・クリントン, also Methodist, wore black lace tied around her head for a meeting with Pope Jean Paul II in 1994

    The elder Barbara Bush met with Pope John Paul II in 1991. Instead of a veil, she wore a small black hat for the occasion

    The elder Barbara Bush met with Pope John Paul II in 1991. Instead of a veil, she wore a small black hat for the occasion

    Nancy Reagan wore a veil to meet Pope John Paul II in 1987

    Nancy Reagan wore a veil to meet Pope John Paul II in 1987

    During their meeting, Biden gave Pope Francis a handwoven chasuble from 1930 from Holy Trinity Church in DC, where he often goes to Mass. An accompanying note said that, as a gift to the Pope, the White House will also donate winter clothing to charities as part of World Day for the Poor

    The White House said that during the meeting, Biden lauded Pope Francisleadership in fighting the climate crisis, as well as his advocacy to ensure the pandemic ends for everyone through vaccine sharing and equitable global economic recovery.

    ‘It’s good to be back,’ the president told one of the Papal gentlemen upon his arrival at the Holy See. ‘I’m Jill’s husband,’ he also said, which is one of his trademark greetings.

    Parts of the meeting were due to be broadcast on live TV, but the Vatican has since said it will release edited footage after the talks have taken place.

    Biden arrived for the meeting — his fourth with Francis but first since becoming President — in a huge 85-car motorcade carrying his security detail. Italian COVID rules that mean each vehicle can only carry a maximum of four people.

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