Who is Princess Elisabeth of Belgium?
Princess Elisabeth of Belgium was born on Thursday evening, October 25, 2001 at 9:58 p.m. at the Erasmus Hospital, in Anderlecht, Brussels.Embed from Getty Images
Baby Princess Elisabeth of Belgium.
Prince Philip, Duke of Brabant announced Elisabeth’s birth around 1.30 a.m. He was present at the birth.
The happy new father, said to the press: “I am a little late because I have just given her her first bath and put on her clothes. She is really irresistible.”Embed from Getty Images
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde leaving the Erasmus Maternity Hospital with baby Elisabeth.
The Princess was given the names Elisabeth Theresia Maria Helena from the following people:
- Elisabeth for her paternal great-great-grandmother, Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium, wife of King Albert I of Belgium.
- Theresia for her maternal great-great-grandmother, the Polish Countess Teresa Sobanska, or to a Roman Catholic Saint.
- Mary for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a custom at the Belgian court.
- Helena for her aunt and godmother Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz, her mother’s sister.
Prince Philippe with baby Elisabeth.
Prince Philippe about Princess Elisabeth’s name: “Queen Elisabeth had a lot of character, maybe she could be an example. My wife and I also thought Elisabeth was a very beautiful name”.
The Future Queen of the Belgians
As the first-born child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth is first in line of succession to the Belgian throne.Embed from Getty Images
Ten years prior to her birth, a new act of succession was put into effect which introduced absolute primogeniture, meaning that Princess Elisabeth comes first in the line of succession because she is the eldest child, rather than the oldest boy.Embed from Getty Images
Elisabeth will be the first Queen of Belgium to reign in her own right – all those before her were Queen Consorts, the wife of the King.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Elisabeth’s Christening
The Princess was baptized on 9 December 2001 in the chapel of Ciergnon Castle, residence and summer retreat of the Belgian Royal Family situated in the municipality of Houyet, province of Namur.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Her godparents are Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (paternal cousin), and Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz (maternal aunt).Embed from Getty Images
Prince Amedeo (born 21 February 1986) is the first child and elder son of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, and Princess Astrid of Belgium.Embed from Getty Images
Countess Helene d’Udekem d’Acoz, sister of Princess Mathilde of Belgium on her wedding day.
Princess Elisabeth’s Siblings
Elisabeth has three siblings, two brothers and one sister:
- Prince Gabriel born on 20 August 2003.
- Prince Emmanuel born on 4 October 2005.
- Princess Eléonore born on 16 April 2008.
Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde and children Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel and Prince Emmanuel.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Elisabeth and brother Prince Emmanuel.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Princess with her parents Mathilde and Philippe and her siblings Gabriel, Emmanuele and Eléonore.
Princess Elisabeth’s Engagements
As a child, Princess Elisabeth does not appear often in the media so that she can enjoy a carefree youth outside the spotlight.
Her first public appearance was in 2006, when Elisabeth accompanied her parents Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde during Te Deum for National Day celebration in The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula (Dutch: Collegiale Sint-Michiels- en Sint-Goedele-co-kathedraal).Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
On June 13 , 2007, Princess Elisabeth joined by her parents Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attended the opening of a new Technopolis youth interactive at Malines.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Princess Elisabeth attended St John Berchmans College
Princess Elisabeth did her primary school at the St John Berchmans College (Dutch: Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege) a Roman Catholic secondary school in the Marollen district of Brussels.
This is the first time that a future Belgian monarch has been following lessons in Dutch from childhood, otherwise this happened in French.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel of Belgium arrive at Sint Jan Berghmans College to attend the first day of the new scholar year on September 03, 2007 in the Brussels.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
In 2009, Princess Elisabeth gave her name to the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station, a Belgian scientific polar research station. The Station is located on Utsteinen Nunatak in Queen Maud Land.
Princess Elisabeth was a bridesmaid during the wedding of her godmother Countess Helene d’Udekem d’Acoz with Baron Nicolas Janssen on June 11, 2011 in Bastogne, Belgium.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
On 7 September 2011, Princess Elisabeth officially opened the new Princess Elisabeth Children’s Hospital, an extension which created innovative facilities for paediatric care and its part of UZ Gent University Hospital.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Princess gave a with a short speech during the ceremony.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
For her tenth birthday in 2011, The Belgian Royal Palace released three photos of The Princess.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
When her father, Philippe, acceded to the Belgian throne on 21 July 2013, Elisabeth became Duchess of Brabant, a title reserved for the heir apparent.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Elisabeth lives with her parents, her brothers Gabriel and Emmanuel and her sister Eléonore at the Royal Palace of Laeken.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Elisabeth became Godmother of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV): Pollux On 6 May 2015 in Zeebrugge. During this inauguration, the Princess was joined by her parents Their Majesties, the King and the Queen of the Belgians.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Proficiat aan Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Princes Elisabeth met uw 18de verjaardag! Het patrouillevaartuig P902 Pollux , waarvan u de doopmeter bent, wil u dan ook feliciteren met deze bijzondere verjaardag.@MonarchieBe@BelgiumDefence @Commandant_Polx pic.twitter.com/P4i6ebks2l— Belgian Navy ?? (@TheBelgianNavy) October 25, 2019
The Princess Favourites Hobbies and Activities
Accoding to the Belgian royal website:
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“Elisabeth likes sport. She plays tennis, skis, she and she practices scuba diving. She also likes trekking, an activity that brings her in contact with nature.
She has been following piano lessons for a few years now. Her musical tastes encompass various types of music. She likes cooking, and is always looking for new recipes. Friendship is very important to her. She spends a lot of time with her friends. Reading remains a pleasure for her as it is an important source of discovery and inspiration.
She volunteers to help children with learning difficulties, the elderly, the homeless and people with a hándicap”.Belgian Royal Palace
King Philippe and Princess Elisabeth are seen in the stand prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France.
From Little Girl to Beautiful Young Woman
Elisabeth and Belgian Royal Family attended the National Day of Belgium 2016.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eleonore attended the 80th birthday celebrations of Belgian Queen Paola on June 29, 2017 in Waterloo, Belgium.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eleonore attended the Te Deum mass on the occasion of the Belgian National Day in the Cathedral on July 21, 2017.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Elisabeth and brother Prince Gabriel back to school at the Sint-Jan-Berchmanscollege after the summer vacation on September 1, 2017 in Brussels.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
For the National Day of Belgium in 2018, Princess Elisabeth with Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Queen Mathilde, King Philip and Prince Emmanuel attended the Te Deum at the Saint Gudule and Michel Cathedral in Brussels.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
In August 2018, Elisabeth started her studies at the United World College of the Atlantic (UWC) in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom.
In June 2019, Princess Elisabeth accompanied her mother Queen Mathilde on her travel for The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to Kenya, where they visited the Kakuma refugee camp.
Princess Elisabeth gets own Stamp for 18th Birthday
Bpost, also known as the Belgian Post Group, released a new official stamp of Princess Elisabeth for her 18th birthday. Bpost used a photo taken by Elisabeth’s father, King Philippe, in the garden of The Castle of Laeken.
New Photos for Princess Elisabeth’s 18th Birthday
On occasion of Princess’ 18th birthday, Belgian Royal Palace published new photos of the Princess. The images were taken by photographer Michel Gronemberger.
For the first photo the Princess is showed with her father King Philippe, the second she is standing in an elegant blue gown, the third image captured her sitting at a desk holding an open photo album.
A l’occasion du 18ème anniversaire de la Princesse Elisabeth ce vendredi 25 octobre 2019, nous partageons ces nouvelles photos prises au Château de Laeken cet été.— Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) October 23, 2019
Prinses Elisabeth viert haar 18e verjaardag op 25 oktober. Voor deze gelegenheid delen we enkele nieuwe foto’s. pic.twitter.com/uXgRb2Fr0l
Princess Elisabeth’s 18th Birthday Celebrations
The Duchess of Brabant in 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Princess returned to Belgium in March 2020. She graduated in May 2020 from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the ceremony was held virtual.
On 31 August 2020, The Duchess of Brabant and other 169 students began their training at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels. The Princess and classmates moved to Elsenborn Army Camp on 2 September.
The Royal Military Academy (French: École royale militaire, Dutch: Koninklijke Militaire School) is the military university of Belgium. The institution is responsible for the education of the officers of the four components of the Belgian defence (Army, Air Force, Navy, Medical). The courses are given in French, Dutch and English.
- BELGIAN ROYAL FAMILY ATTENDED THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF THE ROYAL MILITARY SCHOOL.
- BELGIUM’S PRINCESS ELISABETH CELEBRATED HER 18TH BIRTHDAY.
- BELGIAN ROYAL FAMILY CELEBRATE NATIONAL DAY 2020.
- ELISABETH, GABRIEL, EMMANUEL AND ELÉONORE – BELGIAN ROYAL CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL.
- PRINCESS ELISABETH MILITARY INITIATION AT ELSENBORN MILITARY CAMP.
- BELGIAN NATIONAL DAY 2019.
- QUEEN PAOLA OF BELGIUM, DONNA PAOLA RUFFO DI CALABRIA.