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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2012, 10:32:22 AM »

I see! I've always sort of wondered about that, because she really is the least visible of the reigning queens, isn't she. Sonia, Sofia, Silvia, Margarethe (yuck), QEII (obviously), even MT--all of them seem to be a lot more public and active than she is. Maybe I'm wrong because I certainly don't get much Belgian press, but you just never hear anything about Paola.

I also find it interesting that she hasn't aged remarkably well.  Don't get me wrong; she's still lovely and I'm so, so happy that she hasn't turned her face into a Joker mask like Silvia, but to look at her now you'd never know she was such a goddess.
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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2012, 05:34:02 PM »

I see! I've always sort of wondered about that, because she really is the least visible of the reigning queens, isn't she. Sonia, Sofia, Silvia, Margarethe (yuck), QEII (obviously), even MT--all of them seem to be a lot more public and active than she is. Maybe I'm wrong because I certainly don't get much Belgian press, but you just never hear anything about Paola.

I also find it interesting that she hasn't aged remarkably well.  Don't get me wrong; she's still lovely and I'm so, so happy that she hasn't turned her face into a Joker mask like Silvia, but to look at her now you'd never know she was such a goddess.

Paola would've gotten a ton more attention as a younger woman had she been crown princess. But even as the wife of the spare, she was hailed for her beauty in the European press.
She was elevated to queen when she was in her 50's. She skipped the crown princess gig.
She doesn't get a ton of attention now because she's in her seventies and popular culture worships youth.

I think she is a polished older woman, but she has lost the glamour and sophistication that Jackie and Grace never lost as they aged.

I too think that Paola in her youth was more beautiful than Grace. To me the difference is not their "prettiness". They were equally pretty. The difference was that Paola had a somewhat "smoldering" quality while Grace was icy cool. Paola looked livelier while Grace looked serene. Yeah, I could picture Paola as a Bond girl, but not Grace.
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« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2012, 06:01:01 PM »

Thank you Tinika for starting this thread  Star
She looked amazing, stunning!
This side has many beautiful pics of her: http://vivamaxima.centerb...og.net/rub-reines--4.html


















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« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2012, 06:26:09 PM »

Wow, what a beauty. So glamorous and VERY stylish - I love her outfits/hair/makeup
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« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2012, 06:26:36 PM »

Paola was gorgeous!    So chic in dress and a beautiful face.
(Her face is not dissimilar to Friso's wife Mabel.)
Albert and Paola made a very cool couple. Cool
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« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2012, 07:04:41 PM »

Wow, what a beauty. So glamorous and VERY stylish - I love her outfits/hair/makeup

Not just a beauty but extremely well-mannered and I think that just adds to what made her beautiful and classy. What I see in all these photos is a woman who wasn't camera whoring nor was she exhibiting any OTT behaviors: mugging for the cameras with too big smiles or wide open mouths that you see Kate and Mary do. Paola was also very polished. Her outfits were simple but flattering. Her hair was styled (unlike Mary) and not covering her face (unlike Kate).
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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2012, 07:07:51 PM »

Wow, what a beauty. So glamorous and VERY stylish - I love her outfits/hair/makeup

Not just a beauty but extremely well-mannered and I think that just adds to what made her beautiful and classy. What I see in all these photos is a woman who wasn't camera whoring nor was she exhibiting any OTT behaviors: mugging for the cameras with too big smiles or wide open mouths that you see Kate and Mary do. Paola was also very polished. Her outfits were simple but flattering. Her hair was styled (unlike Mary) and not covering her face (unlike Kate).

She must have drawn everybody´s attention to her when entering a room. Some people have that kind of charisma.
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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2012, 07:30:41 PM »

Agreed, she was quite a beauty. In a sort of "naughty" sort of way. I'm not surprised she hasn't aged very well. Mischievous looking ladies don't turn into kind looking old ladies when they age. She smokes too (or at least did smoke) and with a philandering husband with several out-of-wedlock children, I really do not blame her if she isn't quite as breath-taking as she used to be.

I love how she used the hair extensions and how she made the dark blonde look like a very pretty colour.







Here's a couple of pics of her with Grace. If these pics are anything to judge by... well, you be the judge!



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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2012, 08:38:26 PM »

Wow, what a beauty. So glamorous and VERY stylish - I love her outfits/hair/makeup

Not just a beauty but extremely well-mannered and I think that just adds to what made her beautiful and classy. What I see in all these photos is a woman who wasn't camera whoring nor was she exhibiting any OTT behaviors: mugging for the cameras with too big smiles or wide open mouths that you see Kate and Mary do. Paola was also very polished. Her outfits were simple but flattering. Her hair was styled (unlike Mary) and not covering her face (unlike Kate).

She must have drawn everybody´s attention to her when entering a room. Some people have that kind of charisma.

Absolutely!  She kind of reminds me of a classier version of Sofia Loren.  She has that "it" quality.  She is, hands-down IMO, THE most beautiful royal of her generation (and maybe of all time).  I'd love to look like she did in her youth. 
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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2012, 09:00:44 PM »

I too think that Paola in her youth was more beautiful than Grace. To me the difference is not their "prettiness". They were equally pretty. The difference was that Paola had a somewhat "smoldering" quality while Grace was icy cool. Paola looked livelier while Grace looked serene. Yeah, I could picture Paola as a Bond girl, but not Grace.

 Jumping excellent summation, she's totally a bond girl
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« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2012, 10:22:16 PM »

I wonder which tiara this is:









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