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Belgian and Dutch royals head back to school

Yesterday, the Belgian and Dutch royal children headed back to school after their summer holidays.

Photo: King Willem-Alexander

For Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, this year began at a new school. She joined her older sisters, Princesses Amalia and Alexia at Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague, and proud father, King Willem-Alexander was ready with the video camera to film his youngest daughter riding off on her bike to her new school.


In Belgium, the Royal Palace shared images of King Philippe accompanying his and Queen Mathilde’s youngest child, Princess Eléonore to her first day of school while Queen Mathilde took their younger son, Prince Emmanuel.


The Royal Palace also shared two images of all four of Their Majesties children (Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eléonore) at their home before leaving for school. Prince Gabriel also began his first day at a new school at the International School of Brussels, an exclusive private school.


Princess Elisabeth will soon head back to Wales to start her new school year where she is attending the UWC Atlantic College.

They aren’t the first royal children to start the 2019-2020 school year so far. Back on 18 August, Princess Estelle of Sweden started back to school in Year 1. Crown Princess Victoria took a photo of her daughter and shared it on the Royal Family’s social media on the same day. The Norwegian royal children started back the following day with images of Crown Princess Mette-Marit accompanying Princess Ingrid Alexandra on her first day being shared on social media.

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is due to start school on Thursday alongside her older brother, Prince George. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will accompany them on the first day at Thomas’s Battersea.

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