Antoinette de Mérode

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Antoinette de Merode
Antoinette de Merode.jpg
Princess consort of Monaco
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 Merode
Father Werner de Merode
Mother Victoire de Spangen d'Uyternesse

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).

Life and marriage[edit]

Princely Monogram of Princess Antoinette

On her eighteenth birthday on 28 September 1846 in Brussels, she married 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.

On 13 November 1848, she gave birth in Paris to Albert I, Prince of Monaco. From 1856 until her death in 1864, she was the Princess consort of Monaco.

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 10 February 1864 in Paris (aged 35) and was interred in the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco.


Coat of arms of Princess Antoinette


  • 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