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Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth set to conclude military training

Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, is set to conclude her military training at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels.

The Belgian heir to the throne will take her officer oath, alongside her classmates, in the autumn.

Elisabeth completed her summer training and her Social and Military Sciences courses, which she began in September 2020.

The Princess’s training this summer “focused on the training of a platoon commander and learning to lead a platoon of about thirty people. Theoretical lessons, tactical exercises and combat procedures placed them in the role of officer for the first time,” according to the Belgian Royal Palace.

The students also learned to use more “complex weapons,” like grenades and anti-tank weapons.

The Duchess of Brabant is currently a university student at Lincoln College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, where she is studying history and politics.

Her younger brother, Prince Gabriel, also studies at the Royal Military Academy; he began courses there in August 2022.

The Prince just completed his first year with the Royal Palace, saying his training over the summer saw him and his classmates “taken out of their comfort zone and had to push their limits. The program included obstacle courses, camouflage lessons, target practice and sports activities. The group feeling between the students was also strengthened because they had to successfully complete the exercises together in an environment that was unfamiliar to them.”

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