Born Paola Margherita Giuseppina Maria Antonia Consiglia on 11th September 1937 in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, Italy to Prince and Princess Ruffo di Calabria, 6th Duke and Duchess of Guardia Lombarda .
Fulco VIII, Prince Ruffo di Calabria, 6th Duke of Guardia Lombarda
Luisa Princess Ruffo di Calabria, Duchess of Guardia Lombarda
Donna Maria Cristina Ruffo di Calabria (1920–2003).
Donna Laura Ruffo di Calabria.
Fabrizio, Prince Ruffo di Calabria-Santapau (1922–2005).
Don Augusto Ruffo di Calabria (1925–1943).
Donna Giovannella Ruffo di Calabria (1927–1941).
Don Antonello Ruffo di Calabria (1930–2017).
She completed her secondary education in Latin and Greek in Rome, Italy.
Her engagement to His Royal Highness The Prince of Liège was announced on 12th April 1959 on the radio.
The couple married on 2nd July 1959 in a civil ceremony at the Brussels Town Hall and a religious ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Michel and Saint Gudule in Brussels. They have three children.
Philippe, The King of The Belgians born 5th April 1960 in Belvédère Castle in Laeken north of Brussels.
Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este born 5th June 1962 at Belvédère Castle in Laeken north of Brussels.
Prince Laurent of Belgium born 19th October 1963 at Belvédère Castle in Laeken north of Brussels.
11th September 1937 – 2nd July 1959: Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria
2nd July 1959 – 9th August 1993: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Liège
9th August 1993 – 21st July 2013: Her Majesty The Queen of the Belgians
21st July 2013 – present: Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium