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Princess Claudia comes from an old, noble Italian family whose history can be traced back to the eleventh century, making her the witness and an interpreter of ancient traditions. The first confirmed news about the origins of the Ruffo di Calabria family dates back to around the year 1000.

Their power and authority continued over the centuries and was also expressed in the Papal Bull by Pope Innocent IV in 1254. Over time, illustrious members of the Ruffo di Calabria family became central figures in important historical events.

In the eighteenth century, Cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo di Calabria went down in history for having defended the fortunes of the Kingdom of Naples by personally and bravely fighting in several battles.

In 1918, Princess Claudia’s grandfather, Prince Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, ace of Italian aviation, was decorated for military honour with a gold medal. In 1959, HRH the Queen Mother Paola Ruffo di Calabria, aunt of Princess Claudia, married HRH prince Albert of Belgium, who came to the throne in 1993 as Albert II.

In 1961, Don Antonello Ruffo di Calabria and Rosemarie of the Tasca d’Almerita Counts, parents of Princess Claudia, were married in Palermo, in the famous Palatina Chapel within Palazzo dei Normanni, thus consecrating and renewing the historical union between the Ruffo di Calabria family and the Sicilian nobility.

In 1969, their last child Claudia was born in Rome. Thanks to her education, training and tradition typical of the Italian aristocracy, Claudia has skilfully introduced the art of hospitality and good taste into her business, combining it with the most productive efficiency that distinguishes the present days. In 2013, HRH Philippe of Belgium, first cousin of Princess Claudia, became king after the abdication of his father.

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