Originally Posted by W.Y.CII
Does the Catholic have to wear long dress length? As I see most of the Roman Catholic royal ladies (with or without privilege of white) wear knee length dresses (e.g. Mathilde, Letizia, Charlene and the Lux ladies), while some Protestant ladies wear long dress (e.g. Silvia). I assume the non Catholic isn't subject to the protocol (Margrethe even wore grey IIRC?) but it seems that the protocol is quite flexible for the Catholic too
Only under the current pontiff has protocol become more relaxed for Catholics.
It's hugely ironic-to me at least-that non Catholics continue to appear with dignity and dressed appropriately in the presence of the Successor to St Peter, and (some) Catholics are content to appear dressed and behaved as if it's just another lunch with the CEO...of course with Pope Bergoglio's approval.
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