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Old 04-12-2004, 08:15 AM
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As a teenager, with her sister Marie Christine.


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Old 04-12-2004, 08:19 AM
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1.As a little girl, with her mother and sister.
2.With her father, brother and sister
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A few years ago, at a screening of nature documentaries her father, Leopold III had made.
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Old 09-26-2004, 06:04 PM
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Old 09-26-2004, 06:12 PM
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at the presentation of her book "Leopold III, my father".
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Old 09-26-2004, 07:22 PM
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Thanks for all the pics!

Esmeralda is a very striking beauty. I love her dark looks.
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Old 09-26-2004, 07:40 PM
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In this picture, Marie-Christine looks just like Astrid's eldest daughter Maria-Laura, doesn't she?



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Old 10-02-2004, 03:22 PM
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Esmeralda at the wedding of Laurent and Claire, May 2003.

She wore an outfit that belonged to her mother, Lilian Baels.
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Old 12-03-2004, 11:06 AM
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Princess Esmaeralda has written a new book on her father, "Carnets de Voyage, 1919-1983", it's about his many travels abroad. When he was prince, but certainly also after his abdication, Leopold III travelled all over the world, mostly in the jungle, and kept diaries. This publication has exerpts of those diaries.

Esmeralda presented the book a few days ago in Brussels.
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Old 12-11-2004, 02:02 AM
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Well, it may have something to do with having watched a bunch of Star Trek Voyager episodes recently, but you could just see this lady in charge of a starship. She'd give the Romulan Empire a run for their money!
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Old 12-11-2004, 02:42 PM
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I think Esmeralda has definetely inherited her mother's elegance and beauty...
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In this picture, Marie-Christine looks just like Astrid's eldest daughter Maria-Laura, doesn't she?
yeh Marie-Christine (or Daphne?) really looks like Maria Laura in this picture!
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Old 01-22-2005, 08:21 AM
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yes!!

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In this picture, Marie-Christine looks just like Astrid's eldest daughter Maria-Laura, doesn't she?
it s quite amazing!!!
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princess Esmeralda and her daughter Alexandra Moncada on the cover of Belgian magazine L'éventail.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:20 PM
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thanks for this great thread, what a fascinating woman Esmeralda is, I had never even heard of her! (but then again, the whole Begian 'Leopold' chapter is somewhat of a mistery still to me, except for what I've learned reading this great forum!:)
She seems very down to earth and genuine, with a real life with work, children and a nice husband, but there's also something sad or melancholy about her, I can't quite put my finger on it..
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Old 08-24-2005, 02:26 PM
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You're not the only one who'd never heard of her, a lot of people in belgium have never heard of her either :)
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She is quite private isnt she? Is she still living in London? She seems to have a nice character, so in that she doesn't take after her mother. I think it was very wise of King Albert II to reconsile with this side of the family, he seems much closer to his half-siblings then the late King Baudouin.
Do you know if she and her brother Alexandre are in touch with their strange sister Marie-Christine?
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She is quite private isnt she? Is she still living in London? She seems to have a nice character, so in that she doesn't take after her mother. I think it was very wise of King Albert II to reconsile with this side of the family, he seems much closer to his half-siblings then the late King Baudouin.
Do you know if she and her brother Alexandre are in touch with their strange sister Marie-Christine?
Yes, she's very private. She attends important events in the RF (weddings etc.) but that's about it. She got some media attention when her books got published or when she baptized a rose named after her, but most people in Belgium have never heard of her.

While the contact was broken between Astrid's children and Leopold & Lilian, they never had a problematic relationship with their half-sister (Esmeralda) and -brother (Alexandre). Even when Marie Christine had "escaped" to Canada, king Baudouin was the only one who still helped her.

Marie Christine doesn't want any contact anymore with anyone from the family.
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but she (MC) wants their money, I am sure?
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