After First Lady Melania Trump caught the media's attention for swatting away her husband's hand during President Donald Trump's first overseas trip while in office, they again made waves when the media photographed them holding hands on May 24 while visiting Vatican City.
The Trumps met with Pope Francis early that morning and were then spotted with their hands clasped together as they toured St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
The images came after photos and videos showed Melania moving her hand away from her husband's on both May 22 and May 23, when they touched down at the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, and again the following day when they arrived in Rome, Italy, according to the Daily Mail.
In the holy city, Mr. Trump donned a navy blue suit, while Mrs. Trump wore a black lace veil on her head to match a shin-length skirt and a coat buttoned up all the way, in accordance with the modesty traditions observed by most visitors of their stature. First daughter and presidential assistant Ivanka Trump and her husband, adviser Jared Kushner, dressed similarly, with Kushner wearing a business suit and Ivanka in a long sleeve, high-necked black dress and small lace head covering.
Former first ladies, including Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, all donned black clothing with head coverings when they visited the Vatican to meet the pope. A few Catholic queens are allowed to wear a comparable white outfit, though there have been a handful of rule breakers who have worn different colors or omitted the veil upon meeting the maverick Pope Francis, who is known for foregoing ceremony at times.
"Things have become more relaxed over the last few years there are no hard and fast rules," a spokesperson for the Vatican told The Telegraph.
Kyleigh Kuhn, an eco-friendly jewelry designer, recounted her own experience meeting Pope Francis in 2013 and seeing the clothing traditions fading away.
"My mom and I went back and forth about whether to wear the mantilla, the lace veil traditionally worn in the Roman Catholic Church, but decided against it this time," said Kuhn. "And looking around the room, none of the women were wearing it either. I think the new Pope is much more focused on the essence of people than anything else and would have given us the same welcome had we shown up in soccer jerseys."
Sources: Daily Mail, The Telegraph / Photo credit: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos via Wikimedia Commons, AFP/Getty Images and GPO/AP via Daily Mail