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 59)
Brussels, Belgium

Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium, Lady Moncada (Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine, born 30 September 1956 in 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).

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 1956 – 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