Lilian, Princess of Réthy

Princess Lilian of Belgium, Princess of Réthy (born Mary Lilian Henriette Lucie Josephine Ghislaine Baels; (1916-11-28)28 November 1916 (2002-06-07)7 June 2002) was the second wife of King Leopold III of Belgium. Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Belgium, she became a volunteer as a car driver that transported wounded Belgian and French to the hospital in Bruges during World War II. Lilian married King Leopold III in 1941 and became consort of the Belgian monarch. The couple produced three children. She was also a stepmother to Leopold III's children from Queen Astrid and became the "first lady" of Belgium during the first nine years of her stepson King Baudouin's reign. Her charity work revolved around medicine and cardiology.

Mary Lilian Baels
Princess of Réthy
Consort of the Belgian monarch
Tenure6 December 1941 – 16 July 1951
BornMary Lilian Henriette Lucie Josephine Ghislaine Baels
(1916-11-28)28 November 1916
Highbury, London, England, United Kingdom[1]
Died7 June 2002(2002-06-07) (aged 85)
Domaine d'Argenteuil, Waterloo, Belgium
Burial
Spouse
(m. 1941; died 1983)
Issue
FatherHenri Baels
MotherAnne Marie de Visscher