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President of Italy sends message of support to King Philippe following his mother’s stroke

President Mattarella of Italy has sent a message to King Philippe of Belgium following his mother Queen Paola’s stroke on Tuesday evening. The President sent his message of support in name of the Italian people and on his own behalf.

On Wednesday morning the RTBF reported that Queen Paola of the Belgians, the wife of King Albert of Belgium, had suffered a stroke while she was on holiday in Venice, Italy. In the afternoon, Her Majesty was repatriated to Belgium where she underwent medical examinations, as stated by the Belgian Royal Palace.

Italian and Belgian media reported that Queen Paola was brought to the mainland by the ambulance boat before she was able to board a plane straight to Melsbroek, Belgium. She was accompanied by her husband King Albert the entire time. The doctors of the hospital where Queen Paola had been receiving the first aid said that her situation is not life-threatening and that she is able to talk and walk.

President Sergio Mattarella of Italy immediately sent a message of support to the reigning King Philippe.

Mr Mattarella stated: “I have learned with concern the news of the illness which struck Queen Paola during her stay in Venice. I wish to extend my affectionate thoughts to Queen Paola and wish her a quick and complete recovery.
On behalf of the Italian people and on my own behalf I wish to express to Your Majesty, the Belgian Royal Family and to all the Belgian people our feelings of friendship and closeness.”

Today, the Belgian Royal Palace announced that Her Majesty had left the hospital and that her stroke has not caused permanent damage. The mother of King Philippe has been prescribed new medication to make sure she won’t have another stroke in the near future. It was also stated that Her Majesty is doing well.

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