The Belgian Monarchy has released a new photo on social media to mark Princess Elisabeth’s 19th birthday on Sunday, 25 October 2019.
The photo is accompanied by a message, ‘Thank you for your birthday wishes’, in Dutch, French, German and English.
Princess Elisabeth was born by caesarian at 9.58 pm (local time) at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht in 2001, the eldest of King Philipe and Queen Matilde’s four children.
She became the Duchess of Brabant when her father, Philippe, became King of the Belgians on 21 July 2013, following the abdication of her grandfather, King Albert II.
Princess Elisabeth is expected to become the first Queen Regnant in Belgian history when she succeeds her father, since the government changed the constitution to allow the monarch’s eldest daughter to ascend the throne.
She speaks French and English and is learning German.
Princess Elisabeth attended a Dutch-speaking high school in Brussels, then Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, where she completed her International Baccalaureate in May 2020, despite the coronavirus.
The Princess finished her studies through distance learning whilst in isolation during the pandemic.
In September, following in her father’s footsteps, Princess Elisabeth enrolled at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, including a rigorous one-month training course at Camp Elsenborn, Bütgenbach, to help better understand the military’s role.
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