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Paola Margherita Maria-Antonia Consiglia of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Ruffo di Calabria)

Also Known As: "Queen Paola of Belgium", "Paola Ruffo di Calabria"
Current Location:: Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Birthplace: Forte dei Marmi, Toscana, Italia (Italy)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Fulco VIII, principe Ruffo di Calabria and Donna Luisa Gazelli
Wife of Albert II, king of the Belgians
Mother of Philippe, King of the Belgians; Astrid de Belgique, archiduchesse d'Autriche-Este and Prince Laurent of Belgium
Sister of Maria Cristina Ruffo di Calabria, markiezin di Fontanetto con San Germano; Laura Ruffo di Calabria, barones Ricasoli Firidolfi; Fabrizio Ruffo di Calabria, XV. principe di Scilla; Don Augusto Ruffo di Calabria; Giovannella Ruffo di Calabria and 2 others

Occupation: Queen Consort of Belgium 1993-2013
Managed by: Aaron Shawn Caulk
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About Queen Paola of Belgium

Mother of King Philippe of Belgium.

BIOGRAPHY Princess (Donna) Paola Ruffo di Calabria was born 11 September 1937 in Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, Italy, the youngest child of Principe Don Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, 6.Duca di Guardia Lombarda, and Donna Luisa Gazelli. Growing up in Rome where she was educated, on 2 July 1959 Paola married Prince Albert of Belgium and they had three children.

In 1993 after the death of King Baudouin, her husband became King of The Belgians. According to the Belgian laws, she did not have to perform any specific duties, but she supports her husband on many occasions and is involved with culture and social issues. She has a social secretariat _Hulpfonds van de Koningin_, which assists people in need as a last resort. Queen Paola founded the _Koningin Paolastichting_ to support young people in need.

  • Name/title: Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia dei Principi Ruffo di Calabria
  • By marriage princess of Liège (1959–1993), Queen Consort of the Belgians (1993–present)
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Queen Paola of Belgium's Timeline

September 11, 1937
Forte dei Marmi, Toscana, Italia (Italy)
September 11, 1937
- July 2, 1959
Rome, Rome, Lazio, Italy
July 2, 1959
- August 9, 1993
Age 21
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
April 15, 1960
Chateau du Belvédère, Laken, Brussels, Belgium
June 5, 1962
Château du Belvédère, Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium
October 19, 1963
Bruxelles, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgique (Belgium)
August 9, 1993
- July 21, 2013
Age 55
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
July 21, 2013
- present
Age 75
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium