Thursday, October 4, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Prince Emmanuel of Belgium

Prince Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie of Belgium was born 4 October 2005, the third child and second son of Prince Philippe of Belgium & Princess Mathilde. He has an older sister, Princess Elisabeth, an older brother, Prince Gabriel and a younger sister, Princess Eléonore. His godparents were Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and his mother's sister, Countess Elisabeth d'Udekem d'Acoz.

Like his elder siblings and cousins, he began classes at  Sint-Jan Berchman's on 1 September 2008 {Photos}. In September 2012, he began classes at Eureka, a school for children with learning disabilities in Kessel-Lo {Source}.

He is named:

  • Emmanuel is to continue the El/el tradition.
  • Léopold is for his great-grandfather, Leopold III of Belgium.
  • Guillaume is for his godfather, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg.
  • François is for Saint Francis of Assisi, as the prince was born on his feast day.
  • Marie is for the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.
He is presently 4th in line for the Belgian throne after his father, and elder brother and sister.

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