The Duke of Edinburgh and the popes
The Duke of Edinburgh met Pope Francis for the first and last time in April of 2014, when he and the queen paid the pope a visit at the Vatican.
During their 20-minute meeting, Prince Philip received three papal medals: gold, silver and bronze.
April 3, 2014
“It's the only gold medal I've ever won.”
And in September of 2010, Prince Philip welcomed Pope Benedict XVI during the pope's apostolic trip to the United Kingdom.
POPE FRANCIS TELEGRAM TO THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II
SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE DEATH OF YOUR HUSBAND PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH, HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS OFFERS HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO YOUR MAJESTY AND THE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY.
RECALLING PRINCE PHILIP’S DEVOTION TO HIS MARRIAGE AND FAMILY, HIS DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND HIS COMMITMENT TO THE EDUCATION AND ADVANCEMENT OF FUTURE GENERATIONS, HIS HOLINESS COMMENDS HIM TO THE MERCIFUL LOVE OF CHRIST OUR REDEEMER. UPON YOU AND UPON ALL WHO GRIEVE HIS LOSS IN THE SURE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION, THE HOLY FATHER INVOKES THE LORD’S BLESSINGS OF CONSOLATION AND
CARDINAL PIETRO PAROLIN
SECRETARY OF STATE