Friday, October 4, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Emmanuel of Belgium

Prince Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie of Belgium was born 4 October 2005, the third child and second son of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde {Source}. He has two older siblings and a younger sister:
  • Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant
  • Prince Gabriel
  • Princess Eléonore

He was baptized on {Source}. His godparents were {Source}:
  • Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg(paternal 2nd cousin, their grandparents were brother and sister)
  • Countess Elisabeth d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal aunt)

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 3rd in line for the Belgian throne after his elder sister, and elder brother.

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