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.