ROYAL NEWS: Queen suffers a stroke – Belgium royal in a health emergency
QUEEN Paola of Belgium suffered a stroke last night while she was holidaying in Italy’s Venice with her husband King Albert.
Queen Paola, 81, will fly back to Belgium via Melsbroek airport this afternoon.
According to the Royal Palace, the situation would be under control and the Queen’s life is not in danger.
The severity of the stroke is currently unknown.
In a statement, the palace said: “Following a health problem, Her Majesty Queen Paola will be repatriated to Belgium during the day to undergo medical examinations.”
Following a health problem, Her Majesty Queen Paola will be repatriated to Belgium during the day to undergo medical examinations
The Italian-born Queen has suffered with a number of health problems in recent years.
In September 2015, Albert II’s wife was taken ill while on holiday in Italy.
Queen Paola also suffers from heart rhythm disorders.
Suffering from osteoporosis, the Queen has also experienced several fractures, including a vertebra in 2016 and hip in 2017.
Paola was Queen of Belgium during the 20-year reign of her husband, who ruled from 1993 until his abdication in 2013.
Princess Paola Ruffo di Calabria, she spent her younger years in Rome, where she met Prince Albert at the age of 21.
The pair at a reception held at the Belgian Embassy on the sidelines of Pope John XXIII’s induction ceremonies.
The couple have three children, Philippe – the current King of the Belgians – Astrid and Laurent.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega
SOURCE: EXPRESS CO UK