Antoinette de Mérode

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Antoinette de Merode
Princess of Monaco
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Tenure 1856–1864
Spouse Charles III, Prince of Monaco
Issue Albert I, Prince of Monaco
Full name
Antoinette Ghislaine de Merode
House House of Mérode (by birth)
House of Grimaldi (by marriage)
Father Werner de Mérode
Mother Victoire de Spangen d'Uyternesse
Born (1828-09-28)28 September 1828
Brussels, Belgium
Died 10 February 1864(1864-02-10) (aged 35)
Paris, France
Burial Saint Nicholas Cathedral

Antoinette de Merode (Antoinette Ghislaine; 28 September 1828 – 10 February 1864), Princess of Monaco, was born in Brussels as the daughter of Count Werner de Merode and his spouse Countess Victoire de Spangen d'Uyternesse (1797–1845).

She married on 28 September 1846 in Brussels to Charles III, Prince of Monaco. It was a double wedding with her older sister, Louise. Thanks to her generous dowry Prince Charles III was able to finance the embellishment of Monte Carlo in order to attract wealthy tourists to the principality.[citation needed] She acquired for herself the Château de Marchais which is still the property of the Grimaldi family today. From 1856 until her death in Monaco she was the Princess consort of Monaco. She gave birth to Albert I, Prince of Monaco.

She was the sister of Louise de Mérode and aunt of Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, for three years Queen of Spain.



  • Georges Martin, Histoire et généalogie de la maison de Mérode, Lyon, 1999.
Monegasque royalty
Preceded by
Maria Caroline Gibert de Lametz
Princess consort of Monaco
Title next held by
Alice Heine