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Belgium’s Prince Gabriel to continue studies in England

The Belgian Royal Family has announced that Prince Gabriel, second child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, is moving to England to continue his education.

The news came as the prince, who is second in line to the Belgian throne, celebrated his eighteenth birthday.

As his family shared new images of him to mark his coming of age, they also confirmed that he had obtained his International Baccalaureate after two years of study at the International School in Brussels and would now head to Warwickshire where he will enrol at the National Mathematics and Science College.

The college offers specialist sixth form studies for 15 to 19 year olds and bills itself as ”preparing students for entry to world-leading universities.” The Belgian Royal Palace confirmed that the course the prince will follow is designed for students aiming to study science, technology, engineering or maths at tertiary level.

As the royal birthday celebrations continued, the royals shared an album of family photos of Gabriel from the past eighteen years.

Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie was born on August 20th 2001 at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, the second child and first son of Philippe, then still heir to the throne, and Mathilde. Gabriel was third in line to the throne at the time of his birth, behind his father and his older sister, Elisabeth, but moved to second on the accession of Philippe as King of the Belgians on July 21st 2013.

Gabriel is seen at major events, with his last big public appearance coming on his country’s National Day on July 21st.

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