Queen Paola of Belgium hospitalized with spine fracture

According to the official website of the Belgian Monarchy, “As a result of a spinal fracture caused by a fall, Her Majesty Queen Paola has been admitted to the Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc in Brussels, Belgium. Fortunately, the injury has caused no neurological complications. Rehabilitation of Her Majesty Queen Paola will take several months.” Queen Paola, aged 79, is the wife of King Albert II who abdicated in favor of their son King Philippe in 2013.
Queen Paola is the fifth royal who has had medical issues this past week: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Queen Sonja of Norway both missed Christmas services due to cold, Queen Silvia of Sweden was hospitalized after feeling dizzy and Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was hospitalized with bronchitis.

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