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Cathérine Bergeyck 11-17-2004 09:19 AM

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Stylish Paola

Duke of Lippe-Saalfeld 11-18-2004 09:22 AM

Defenitly, Paola is maybe one of the most beautiful royals ever... she fits in the list of Beautiful woman of the 60's next to Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale etc.

And she is 67 by now, and still such a beautiful woman

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-25-2004 03:08 AM

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Paola about 10 years ago

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-29-2004 12:04 PM

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A few more lovely photos of Paola (courtesy Chris :))

pdas1201 11-29-2004 09:37 PM

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Caricatures of Queen Paola and King Albert

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-30-2004 05:30 AM


Originally Posted by pdas1201
Caricatures of Queen Paola and King Albert

I woudn't have recognized Paola, but Albert's is quite good.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-02-2004 05:07 AM

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Paola at the child focus conference

Hannelore 12-02-2004 12:55 PM

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Paola in Hasselt

Emily 12-02-2004 02:03 PM

How old is the Queen?

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-02-2004 02:38 PM

she's 67.

She was born on 11th September 1937.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-02-2004 02:54 PM

here's some more info from the site of the Belgian monarchy.

Queen Paola was born Princess Ruffo di Calabria, on 11 September 1937, at Forte del Marmi in Italy. She is the youngest of seven children of Prince Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, a First World War flying ace, and Countess Luisa Gazelli. Her grandmother on her father's side, Laure Mosselman du Chenoy, was Belgian.

The Queen spent her entire youth in Rome, where she completed her classical secondary education in Latin and Greek.

She married Prince Albert of Belgium on 2 July 1959. The couple have three children: Prince Philippe (born on 15 April 1960), Princess Astrid (born on 5 June 1962) and Prince Laurent (born on 19 October 1963).

The Constitution did not provide for any particular official role for the Queen. Nevertheless, Belgian queens have always played a role in the public life of the country. So the Queen assists the King in carrying out his functions as Head of State: many visits to institutions, contacts with the population, ceremonies in Belgium and abroad, State visits, audiences with representatives of various groups in society and many cultural and social activities.

Apart from her activities in the company of the King, the Queen also devotes time to topics that are close to her heart, mainly in the social and cultural sphere.

Social activities

Through her Social Secretariat and the Queen's Charities , she aids citizens in distress, who appeal to her as a last resort. The Social Secretariat of the Queen answers the many letters from people in difficulties.

On her own initiative or by invitation, she regularly visits social institutions or medical centres throughout the country. Through these contacts, she remains informed about the needs and concerns of the population.

In the social sphere, the Queen pays particular attention to improving the living conditions of children and young people. The Queen Paola Foundation , which was founded in 1992, provides practical assistance to young people in distress. In April 2002, the Queen was made Honorary President of Child Focus, the charity which searches for children who have disappeared, combats sexual abuse and helps the parents concerned. The Queen provides practical support to the activities of these organisations, including via her international contacts.

Queen Paola has a particular interest in education. The Queen Paola Foundation decided to support interesting initiatives in this field, by awarding the Queen Paola Education Prize each year. The Queen regularly visits schools of every level and every orientation, throughout the country.

Cultural activities

In the cultural sphere, the Queen is particularly interested in the protection and conservation of our cultural heritage, the development and preservation of crafts and all forms of contemporary art.

The Queen takes an interest in new and traditional crafts. She pays regular visits to artisans and encourages the exercise and teaching of craft professions. She takes a keen interest in the alteration and restoration of royal residences and the design and upkeep of their grounds.

The Queen is in constant contact with artistic circles and regularly supports major exhibitions or artistic performances both in Belgium and abroad by her presence or via High Patronage. On the initiative of the Queen, contemporary artists have had the opportunity to design and make original works within the Palace of Brussels.

Leisure activities

The Queen especially loves nature and takes a personal interest in the arrangement of the gardens of the royal estates. Apart from gardening, the Queen likes to spend her leisure time with her children and grandchildren. Interior decoration, reading, music, long walks in the forest with the King, skiing and yachting all provide greatly appreciated opportunities to relax.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-07-2004 01:57 AM

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One more of young Paola with a bag from Delvaux

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-11-2004 11:13 AM

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pictures scanned by Chris :)

sol_anglada 12-12-2004 01:07 PM

Really Her Majesty Queen Paola was, and is, very beautiful, she had, and has, a natural beauty.

sandee 12-12-2004 11:49 PM

Queen Paola is such a glamorous lady! Does anybody know if the queen is of any other descent other than italian? Or is she of 100% italian descent? I am just curious to know. Thankyou:)

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-13-2004 04:18 AM

I know her grandmother was Belgian (Laura Mosselman du Chenoy).

Here's some of her genealogy:

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-13-2004 04:24 AM

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some more....

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-13-2004 04:35 AM

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and some more

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-13-2004 04:45 AM

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some more photos from old magazines

sol_anglada 12-13-2004 02:15 PM

Congratulations for this pictures !!!

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