Thursday, October 25, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Princess Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène of Belgium was born via C-section the eldest child of Prince Phillippe, Duke of Brabant and Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant on 25 October 2001. She has two younger brothers and a younger sister-Prince Emmanuel, Prince Gabriel & Princess Eléonore.

She was baptized on 9 December 2001, her godparents are her cousin, Prince Amedeo of Belgium,and her mother's younger sister Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz.

She is named for the following:
  • Elisabeth is for her great-great-grandmother Elisabeth of Bavaria.
  • Thérèse could be for her maternal great-great-grandmother Countess Teresa Sobanska.
  • Marie is for the Virgin Mary as per tradition with Catholic Royalty.
  • Hélène is for her maternal aunt and godmother Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz.
Ten years prior to her birth, a succession law was passed allowing females equal rights to the throne as their male counterparts. This means that once her father takes the throne, Princess Elisabeth will become the heir apparent. When this does happen, she will make Belgian history by becoming Belgium's 1st-ever Queen Regent.

Like her elder cousins, she was enrolled in Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege. Again, another historical moment: no future Belgian monarch's education has begun in Dutch. She also attends dance classes that are conducted in Dutch

She may only be eleven years old, but the young future monarch has already taken on several royal duties. In 2006, she attended the Te Deum in honor of Belgian National Day for the first time. In 2007, she attend the opening of a science Museum with her father, the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition  and a presentation of a model of the Belgian Antarctic Station which bears her name, The Princess Elisabeth Base. In 2011, along side her parents, the future Belgian monarch visited the Princess Elisabeth Children Hospital, where she gave a speech{Photos}

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