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mybags 05-15-2003 09:41 PM

Queen Paola: Picture Thread Part One
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mybags 05-15-2003 09:53 PM

If anybody else has pictures of Queen Paola post them here!!!

Julia 05-15-2003 10:11 PM

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A younger and very beautiful Paola....

thissal 05-15-2003 11:51 PM

Thanks for all the beautiful pictures. What is the story behind Queen Paola? I've never heard anything about her.

Alexandria 05-16-2003 07:28 PM


I can't quite give you any concrete information about Queen Paola but here is some gossip I found out recently from the Benelux Royals message board. Apparently Queen Paola was quite the ladies man back in the day and had numerous affairs. (She was also known as la dolce Paola.) At some point it was believed that Prince Laurent wasn't even King Albert's son but the result of an affair of Queen Paola's!

How's that for some tid bit of info on the beautiful queen!

thissal 05-16-2003 08:59 PM

Who knows? King Albert does admit to having a grown daughter born out of wedlock, after he married Queen Paola. I wonder why the crown was suppose to go directly to Prince Philippe and bypass his father, and why that changed?

Jalmey 05-16-2003 09:11 PM

King Albert got the crown because upon the death of his brother, in 1993, there was a lot of tensions regarding the language and cultural differences in Belgium. There was tension among the French-speaking and Dutch-speaking groups and the government felt the country need a "more experienced" leader to become the King.

I didn't know that they both had affairs though.... :blink:

Julia 09-04-2003 12:32 PM

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More photos of Queen Paola.

thissal 09-04-2003 12:47 PM

There's sure no question about who is dad to Prince Philippe :flower:

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-20-2003 01:39 PM

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Albert, Paola and their 3 children, in the 60's


With her husband, on his motor bike ;)

Queen Paola of the Belgians

At the engagement party of Philippe and Mathilde. Paola dancing with Mathilde's father, count Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz.

The royal couple in the castle of Laeken

Alexandria 09-20-2003 03:05 PM

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A smiling Paola in evening wear.

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Polfoto 20-03-2000 BELGIUM, Laeken Mar.20/2000 King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium have received the King Baudouin fundation members at the Castel of Laeken. Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde and Queen Fabiola took part in this event. Photos: © Ronald Dersin/AVPress / FDB

Queen Paola attending a gala dinner.

Alexandria 09-20-2003 03:19 PM

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POLFOTO 01.02.2002 (dpa) - Guests at Queen Beatrix Birthday Party in Amsterdam: King Albert II of Belgium and his wife Queen Paola arrive for a private Dinner Party at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, January, 31 2002. The Dutch Queen Beatrix celebrates her 64th birthday two days before the wedding of her son crownprince Willem Alexander with Maxima Zorreguieta. - With the rest of the Belgian royal family.

Alexandria 09-20-2003 03:20 PM

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1. Religious ceremony for wedding of Crown Prince Willem and Maxima of the Netherlands.

2. State visit of Norwegian royals to Belgium. Queen Paola greets them at the official welcoming ceremony.

3. Queen Paola with Queen Sonja.

4. Gala dinner reception for the Norwegian royals.

5. The two queens, Paola looking glamorous in red and Sonja looking elegant in white.

6. Paola and Sonja again.

7. With King Harald of Norway.

8. Queen Paola and Queen Sonja on another occasion during the state visit.

9. Queen Paola, King Harald, Queen Sonja and King Albert.

10. With Queen Sonja.

Alexandria 09-20-2003 03:21 PM

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5) King Albert and Queen Paola with visiting King Harald and Queen Sonja at the welcoming ceremony.

7) Giving a speech at the gala dinner.

8) Farah Diba, Queen Silvia and Queen Paola.

Alexandria 09-20-2003 03:23 PM

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9) Laeticia Maria's baptism.

10) Laeticia Maria's baptism.

Alexandria 09-20-2003 03:35 PM

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5) Norwegian state visit.

Alexandria 09-20-2003 03:55 PM

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1. Queen Paola and Queen Sonja again.

2. The goodbye dinner reception, Queen Paola with King Harald.

3. Some official pictures of the King and Queen.

4. Some official pictures of the King and Queen.

5. Some official pictures of the King and Queen.

6. And the latest official pictures of the King and Queen.

7. Queen Paola with Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Queen Rania of Jordan, Farah Diba and others.

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9. Boating in Spain with Queen Sofia, her daughter Infanta Cristina and grandson Juanito Urdangarin.

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Alexandria 09-20-2003 03:57 PM

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3) Queen Paola with King Albert and Queen Beatrix.

Alexandria 09-20-2003 04:10 PM

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5) Funeral of Prince Claus of the Netherlands.

Alexandria 09-20-2003 05:17 PM

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2. With King Albert at Laurent and Claire's wedding.

3. And one more picture from Laurent and Claire's wedding.

4. Laeticia Maria's baptism. The proud and happy grandparents.

5. A grandma again, this time to Gabriel, visiting her new grandson and daughter-in-law Mathilde in the hospital.

6. The late King Baudoin and The Princess (Queen) Paola of Belgium and The late Empress Nagako of Japan in 1971

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