Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium

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Princess Marie-Esméralda
HRH Princess Marie-Esmeralda of Belgium, Mrs Moncada.jpg
Spouse Sir Salvador Moncada
Issue Alexandra Moncada
Leopoldo Moncada
Full name
French: Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Father Leopold III of Belgium
Mother Lilian Baels
Born (1956-09-30) 30 September 1956 (age 58)
Brussels, Belgium

Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium, Lady Moncada (Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine, born 30 September 1956, Laeken, Belgium) is a member of the Belgian Royal Family.


She is the youngest child of the late Leopold III of Belgium and his second wife, Lilian Baels (known as Princess of Réthy).[1] Her full siblings are the late Prince Alexander of Belgium and Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium. Her half-siblings include the late King Baudouin of Belgium, Belgium's former monarch King Albert II, who is also Marie-Esméralda's godfather, and the late Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium (Grand Duchess of Luxembourg).

Personal life[edit]

Princess Marie-Esméralda is a journalist, writing under the name Esméralda de Réthy. She married Sir Salvador Moncada, a Honduran-British pharmacologist, in London on 4 April 1998. They have a daughter, Alexandra Leopoldine (born in London on 4 August 1998), and a son, Leopoldo Daniel (born in London on 21 May 2001).

The last decade Princess Marie-Esmeralda seems to be on a quest keeping the memory alive of both her parents. She has participated in documentaries romancing her father King Leopold III and her mother, the Princess of Réthy.

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium
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Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Madame

Titles and Styles[edit]

  • 30 September - 4 April 1998: Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium
  • 4 April 1998 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium, Lady Moncada



  1. ^ "H R H Princess Liliane of Belgium", Daily Telegraph, 10 June 2002. Retrieved 10 August 2014