Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium

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Princess Marie-Christine
Spouse Paul Druker (1981–1985)
Jean-Paul Gourges (1989–present)
Full name
French: Marie-Christine Daphné Astrid Elisabeth Léopoldine
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Leopold III of Belgium
Mother Lilian Baels
Born (1951-02-06) 6 February 1951 (age 63)
Brussels, Belgium
Styles of
Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium
State Coat of Arms of Belgium.svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Madame

Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium (Marie-Christine Daphné Astrid Elisabeth Léopoldine; born 6 February 1951) is a member of the Belgian Royal Family and a half-sister of King Albert II of the Belgians. Her father was King Leopold III of the Belgians, and her mother was his second wife, the former Lilian Baels. Although the former miss Baels was not given the style of Her Majesty with the prefix of Queen of Belgium, she and her children, including Marie-Christine, received the style of Royal Highness and Prince/Princess of Belgium.

Marie-Christine was born in Laeken, Belgium. Her godparents were her half-brother King Baudouin and Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain.

On 9 May 1962, she received her solemn holy communion and confirmation, officiated by Bishop Fulton Sheen.[1]

Her first marriage, to Paul Drucker (1 November 1937 – 1 April 2008) in Coral Gables, Florida, on 23 May 1981, lasted 40 days (though they weren't formally divorced till 1985); she subsequently married Jean-Paul Gourges in Westwood, California, on 28 September 1989. American actor James Coburn was best man in her wedding to Jean-Paul Gourges. Princess Marie-Christine worked as an actress in Los Angeles using her third name "Daphné". Marie-Christine and her husband live in San Diego.

She is a controversial person in Belgium. The Princess in the past claimed to have been raped as a teenager and beaten by her mother. She has lived a jet-set life but in recent years has said she spent away her entire inheritance. When she was a guest in a Belgian Embassy abroad, Marie-Christine refused to drink to her half-brother Baudouin saying "He is not my king". In 1993, when Baudouin died, she did not attend the funeral. On 17 April 2007, in a rare interview, she said "abolishing the monarchy might prove to be of benefit to Belgium".[2] The princess did not attend the funeral of her brother Alexander in December 2009.

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Leopold I of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Princess Louise-Marie of Orléans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Albert I of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Charles Anthony, Prince of Hohenzollern
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Princess Josephine of Baden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Leopold III of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Duke Karl-Theodor in Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Miguel of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Princess Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Petrus Paulus Baels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Julius Baels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Barbara Francisca de Vos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Henri Baels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Jean Baptiste Mauricx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Delphina Alexandrina Mauricx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Joanna Theresia Thuyn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Mary Lilian Baels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Charles Joseph de Visscher
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Adolphe Auguste de Visscher
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Maria Geers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Anne Marie de Visscher
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Jozef August Opsomer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Alice Victoria Céline Opsomer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Nathalia de Meulenaere
 
 
 
 
 
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fultonsheen.com/Archbishop_Fulton_Sheen_Photos_3.cfm
  2. ^ Belgian weekly interview with Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium, published in Dutch only “Abolishing the monarchy might prove to be of benefit to Belgium” Humo, Brussels, 17 April 2007.