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Old 01-07-2011, 05:45 PM
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Alexandra was born on 4 August 1998, four months after her parents' wedding; her brother was born three years later, on 21 May 2001.

If I remember correctly, Prince Alexandre told his mother and his family about his marriage to Léa exactly on Princess Esmeralda's weddding.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:52 PM
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Alexandra was born on 4 August 1998, four months after her parents' wedding; her brother was born three years later, on 21 May 2001.

If I remember correctly, Prince Alexandre told his mother and his family about his marriage to Léa exactly on Princess Esmeralda's weddding.
I thought that Prince Alexandre NEVER told his mother about his marriage.
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:13 AM
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He told her several years later and according to the press she wasn't pleased with it. Neither was king Baudouin as Léa Wolman was divorced twice. Still, in 1998, 7 years after their marriage, Alexander and Léa celebrated it, and princess Lilian attended (as was king Albert II and queen Paola). So in that light I am not so sure if she was that much against it anymore.
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Princess Esmeralda and her family went to a pre-premiere of a new documentary on king Leopold III:

La princesse Esmeralda de Belgique à l’avant-première de «*Léopold III, mon père*» | Noblesse & Royautés
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:13 AM
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Wow I get alot better vibe from this Lady then I did of her sister.

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Old 12-16-2011, 07:15 AM
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This picture was not taken from a few months ago. She has a very happy normal life .
Do you speak about Princess Marie-Christine ? She decided never to see her family again. Did not attend her Father, Mother and Brother’s funerals. For Prince Alexandre only flowers with her second surname Daphné. She has no Children.
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Yes i speak about her sister Marie-Christine ( Im sorry but like i said in Marie-Christine's thread I will not call her a Princess or a Lady even though she was born one because I dont believe she acts like a Princess or a Lady so i will not call her either ) .

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Yesterday (October 17), Princess Esmeralda presented a book dedicated to her grandparents, called "Albert and Elisabeth". Tonight at eight o'clock, the TV channel RTL dedicated a programme to it.

Princess Esmeralda was born in Laeken, Belgium and is the sixth child of King Leopold III and Lilian, Princess of Réthy. After King Baudouin's marriage to Queen Fabiola in 1960, Princess Esmeralda and the rest of the BRF moved to Argenteuil Castle, which Princess Esmeralda's mother used to host other royals, politicians and friends, as well as leading scientists and researchers. As a young woman, Princess Esmeralda would accompany her father to different parts of the world, before becoming a graduate in journalism and working for French magazines for many years.

Princess Esmeralda married Sir Salvador Moncada in 1998, a renowned scientist who was granted a knighthood by Elizabeth II. The couple have two children, Alexandra and Leopoldo, who were born in 1998 and 2001 respectively.

Since her wedding, Princess Esmeralda has been researching the numerous photo archives belonging to her father, King Leopold.

Source: Esmeralda de Belgique présente un livre-album sur ses grands-parents e roi Albert I et la reine Elisabeth

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Noblesse & Royautes also interviewed Princess Esmeralda on the occasion of the publication of her book, "Albert and Elisabeth".

I (Interviewer): Madam, how did the idea for this project album of family photos of your grandparents King Albert and Queen Elizabeth?

PE (Princess Esmeralda): On the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, I wanted to present an intimate portrait of staff and my grandparents through family records, private correspondence and unpublished documents.

I: Can you detail the outline of this album? Where do all these photographic archives come from?

PE: Ten chapters trace the important moments of the life of Albert I and Elizabeth both as sovereign but especially in their private and family atmosphere. Christophe Vachaudez who handled the illustrations of the book, found pictures quite unusual in private collections in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe and of course the Royal Archives.

I: You are the initiator of previous works that helped including the general public to discover the facet ignored for too long voyages of exploration of your father King Leopold III. Did you approach the completion of this work another way?

PE: I wanted myself to explore the personality of my grandparents and learn more. I did not know my grandfather and I was only nine years old when my grandmother died. So it was really exciting for me to do this research and write this book.

I: What are your memories of Queen Elizabeth?

PE: I remember an old lady dressed in white, very elegant, which offered me books.

I: In the interview he gave to Pascal Vrebos, His Majesty King Albert II speaks with great fondness the memories of your grandmother Queen Elizabeth. Have you had an opportunity to discuss the book with him?

PE: I spoke to King Albert of the book and also the documentary on our grandparents that will air in November on RTBF, especially in the letters of our grandmother, she always speaks with great affection of "little Albert" as she called him.

Source: Entretien avec la princesse Esmeralda de Belgique
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Some more information about Princess Esmeralda's new book.

It was published by Racine if I have understood the translation correctly, and to write the book, Princess Esmeralda has collaborated with Christopher Vachaudez, who is the author of several royal books, including the successful "The Jewels of the Queens and Princesses of Belgium". The book is one hundred and ninety two pages long, and includes many anecdotes as well as unseen photos of the BRF at that time.

The book mentions that King Albert enjoyed sport and often went to his aunt's castle in Groenedael to ride his bike. Empress Charlotte of Mexico also liked to climb the mountains in Europe. During WWI, Queen Elisabeth devoted her life to helping the wounded soldiers. Her father, Duke Carl Theodor of Bavaria, was a famous eye surgeon and had operated on many Bavarian soldiers. Queen Elisabeth also loved to paint and draw, and was the first ever Queen to visit Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt. She also enjoyed bathing in the ponds at Laeken and practised yoga, up until she was eighty, at which she could still do handstands.

Some photos from the book:

One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four

Source: http://www.noblesseetroyautes.com/20...ert-elisabeth/
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Albert & Elisabeth | Terra Lannoo
On this site you can download a small excerpt from the book to pdf, wirpth some more pictures (click the grey bar "dit boek inkijken" under the image of the bookcover)
Looks like a lovely book about an extraordinary couple
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Looks like a lovely book about an extraordinary couple
They were indeed an extraordinary couple. Another very interesting reading on them is the book written in 1971 by their daughter Maria José (the Queen of Italy), in French its title is "Albert et Elisabeth de Belgique, mes parents", while in Italian is "Giovinezza di una regina"; I don't know if it has been translated also in other languages. It was by reading that book that my interest in the Belgian RF begun.
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On this site you can download a small excerpt from the book to pdf, wirpth some more pictures (click the grey bar "dit boek inkijken" under the image of the bookcover)
Looks like a lovely book about an extraordinary couple
Thanks a lot for sharing the link, Lee-Z. I read the extract and it does seem like a good book. Unfortunately, I can't speak Dutch so was unable to read the PDF, but did look at the photos. I'm starting to become more interested in the Belgian RF and would like to learn more about their history. It would be wonderful if we could get an English translation of the book.

Albert and Elisabeth aside, I was wondering if there has been anymore recent news about Princess Esmeralda and her family. I understand that she's a rather private person, but there hasn't been any for a while now. I was looking through the older pages of this thread and it was nice to see the photos of her children. Do we know if the family are still living in London or if they live elsewhere now?
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MAfan ,
A few years ago we had a great exhibition about Queen Marie José glittering dresses designed by King Humberto for the glory of the House of Savoie.
We were told that Princess Marie José hated her wedding dress and she broke accidentally one leave of it and it is therefore that her wedding veil was put in a way to hid her Arms.

We also asked our guide who was the Curator of the Exhibition why Queen Elisabeth who was a modern Queen allowed this wedding knowing that her daughter would be unhappy.
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