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Belgian Royal Palace denies reports of break in with 'millions of euros' of goods stolen


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The Belgian Royal Palace has denied reports that somebody broke into a property owned by Queen Paola in France on Friday morning. French newspaper Le Parisien claimed that the Queen’s apartment in Paris was burgled with “several millions of euros worth of jewellery and leather goods” being stolen.

According to the publication, the break in occurred in Parc Monceau, a wealthy area of the city in the eighth arrondissement.

However, the newspaper later backtracked on the story saying there was “ambiguity about the identity” of the apartment.

The Belgian Royal Palace told Belgian news agency Belga that the Queen doesn’t have an apartment in that part of the French capital.

They said: “The original article from ‘Le Parisien’ that linked the theft to an apartment belonging to the Queen is therefore incorrect.”

According to the website Paudal, French police were alerted by a silent alarm.

Although the thieves had already left by the time the police arrived, several bits of Jewellery were found in the courtyard near the apartment.

Specialised French police officers are currently investigating the break-in attempting to find traces of fingerprints.

Tuscany born Queen Paola is the daughter of an Italian World War One flying ace Prince Ruffo di Calabria, 6th Duke of Guardia Lombarda.

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Her husband decided to abdicate due to health reasons and Philippe succeeded him as King.

In recent years she has also faced a number of health issues after being told to take a “a period of total rest” by doctors in 2015.

The following year she fractured a vertebra and suffered from a fractured femoral neck and broke her hip in 2017.

In September 2018, she had to cut a visit to Venice short die to a “health problem” and in March she was ordered to rest for two months after breaking arm in a fall.


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