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Papal Coronation

A Papal Coronation was a six-hour long ceremony in which the pope was crowned as head of the Roman Catholic Church (and before 1870, head of state of the Papal States). A three-tiered Triple Tiara or Papal Tiara was used in the ceremony.

The last pope to be crowned was Pope Paul VI. His two successors to date, Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II opted for less formal inauguration ceremony.

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