Pope Francis and the Moroccan royal family posed for a photo on Saturday, March 30, following a meeting at the Royal Palace.
Rabat – Pope Francis arrived in Morocco early in the afternoon on Saturday for a two-day visit to Morocco, his first ever trip to the country. The landmark trip aims to promote interfaith, dialogue, and coexistence.
After giving a speech at Hassan tower, the Pope headed to Rabat’s Royal Palace where he and King Mohammed VI signed the “Al-Quds Call,” which aims to preserve the holy city of Palestine, and to safeguard its shared heritage.
Pope Francis then posed for a photo with the royal family.
The photo shows Pope Francis with Mohammed VI, Prince Moulay El Hassan, Prince Moulay Rachid, and the princesses Lalla Khadija, Lalla Meryem, Lalla Asmae, Lalla Hasnaa, and Lalla Oum Keltoum with her son Prince Moulay Ahmed who is just two years old.
The 5 princesses all wore elegant Moroccan kaftans for the occasion, while King Mohammed VI, Prince Moulay El Hassan, and Prince Moulay Rachid, wore traditional jellabas and red fez hats.
Kaftans have been one of the key staples of Moroccan culture since the 16th century. The dress, worn by Moroccan women on their wedding day and other special occasions, is often long-sleeved, with buttons and embroidery down the middle and a belt at the waist.
Morocco’s princesses are almost always seen in stunningly intricate kaftans at official events, as is the tradition.