The heiress to the Belgian throne, Princess Elisabeth, pictured during a military summer camp
The Princess had already graduated from the Academy in 2021, having studied social and military sciences there for a year. She is currently enrolled at Lincoln College, Oxford, which she has been attending since 2021. It was recently announced that her younger brother, Prince Gabriel, will follow in her footsteps at military college later this summer.
She also attended UWC Atlantic in Wales, the so-called ‘Hippie Hogwarts’, beloved of European ruling families. There are currently two other royal pupils enrolled at the liberal school: Princess Leonor of Spain, 16, also heir to the throne, and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, 17, the second daughter of King Willem.
Both princesses were in attendance at the recent 18th birthday celebrations for Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Denmark, with the trio posing alongside her future queen, Princess Estelle of Sweden, in a historic snap. It was the first time she wore a tiara – an 18th birthday present from her parents.
Elisabeth prepared herself for a life in the spotlight from an early age. When she was just nine years old, she gave a speech at the opening of the Princess Elisabeth Children’s Hospital, and at 14 she gave a speech at the commemorations of the centenary of the Second World War. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she spent time talking on the phone with residents of aged care homes, offering her support.
10 years before he was born, Belgium changed its inheritance laws, ensuring that an eldest daughter could ascend the throne before any younger brother.