First lady Dr. Jill Biden added an eye-catching twist to her go-to classics for an audience with the pope today. Dr. Biden wore an inky, deep blue skirt suit that featured a subtle animal print. Think business with a twist. She paired the buttoned-up look with nude-colored fishnet tights and pointy-toed suede pumps. Dr. Biden also added a short, black lace veil, known as a mantilla, for her visit with Pope Francis. Former first ladies Melania Trump and Barbara Bush have worn similar head coverings for their meetings with the pope.
CNN notes that doctor and President Biden are in Rome to attend the first G-20 summit of his presidency. While the president attends meetings involving the Group of 20, the outlet reports that Dr. Biden will visit American troops stationed in Rome and have afternoon tea with Brigitte Macron, the first lady of France.
“She will meet with high school students, tour several classrooms, and speak at a pep rally for the senior class,” Biden press secretary Michael La Rosa said of a planned visit to a Department of Defense Educational Activity School in Naples.
A source told CNN that the two will “discuss their roles as first ladies in their respective countries” and that they share a passion for education and have “common interests in culture.” Both first ladies are advocates for providing access to the arts. In addition to her meeting with Macron, Dr. Biden is scheduled to meet with notoriously press-shy Maria Serenella Cappello, wife of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.