She attended primary schools in Bastogne, Belgium before attending Institut de la Vierge Fidèle. She also attended Institut Libre Marie Haps in the early 1990s to become a speech therapist. She began to practice speech therapy in the mid 1990s after graduating while studying for a master's degree in psychology, a degree in which she received in 2002.
As for the future Queen's leisure activities, she enjoys music, playing the piano, playing tennis, swimming, and reading. She speaks several languages, including the official languages of Belgium, Dutch and French, as well as English, Italian and some Spanish.
She married the future monarch of Belgium on 4 December 1999, in which she became HRH Princess of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant. Together they have four children: