The Queen looked at the facsimile of the German gospel and said: "Oh, lovely. Thank you very much. It's lovely."I rather suspect something more alcoholic would have been in order ...
The pope then looked at the Holbeins and thanked her.
There was also a little small talk, with the Queen noting that Benedict appeared to have arrived at Holyrood "in a very small car".
She added: "It must have been a tight squeeze", before asking him about the popemobile. The press corps was then ushered out and fizzy water and squash were brought in to the room.
16 September 2010
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