Antoinette de Mérode

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

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 (1797-1840) and his spouse Countess Victoire de Spangen d'Uyternesse (1797–1845).

On her eighteenth birthday, on 28 September 1846 in Brussels she married 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. On 13 November 1848 she gave birth to Albert I, Prince of Monaco in Paris.

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

Antoinette de Merode died on 28 February 1864 in Paris (aged 35) and was interred in the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco.


Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  • 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
1856–1864
Vacant
Title next held by
Alice Heine