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New photo released to mark Princess Elisabeth’s 20th birthday

A new photo of Princess Elisabeth of Belgium has been released to mark her 20th birthday.

The new image of the Duchess of Brabant was taken by Bas Bogaerts – the same photographer who took the photographs released on the day she began her university education.

Bas Bogaerts/Belgian Royal Palace

The new image, taken on 27 September in the United Kingdom, is an unreleased photo from the set of pictures published by the Belgian Royal Palace at the beginning of this month.

The heir to the Belgian throne is currently studying in the United Kingdom at Oxford University’s Lincoln College. She began her courses in history and politics earlier this month.

The Duchess of Brabant completed her military education at the Royal Military Academy Belgium this past summer after graduating from high school in 2020. She studied social and military sciences at the institution.

Princess Elisabeth Theresia Maria Helena was born on 25 October 2001 in the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels. She is the first child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians. She has three younger siblings: Prince Gabriel (18), Prince Emmanuel (16) and Princess Eléonore (13).

Elisabeth became the heir apparent to the Belgian throne upon the abdication of her grandfather, King Albert II, in 2013. If she ascends the throne one day as expected, she will be Belgium’s first queen regnant.

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