The first woman to be in line to rule Belgium in her own right will turn 18 later this week and her big moment will be shared across her country. For the coming of age celebrations of Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant will be broadcast live on Belgian TV.
The official ceremonies marking the 18th birthday of the heir start at 11am on October 25th 2019 at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Her father, King Philippe, will give a speech while there will also be musical performances as well as a display by the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.
The event will be attended by the Belgian Royal Family as well as politicians and dignitaries. Friends of the family will also be present as will 80 other young people from across Belgium who celebrate their 18th birthdays in 2019 as well.
Princess Elisabeth is also expected to give a speech as she marks this milestone birthday. From this week, she is old enough to rule without a regency should the need arise. However, she will continue her studies in Wales following the celebrations and there is little change expected in her royal role for the forseeable future.
Elisabeth Therese Marie Helene was born on October 25th 2001 in Anderlecht, the first child of Philippe and Mathilde. She became heiress to her country’s throne on July 21st 2013 when her father was proclaimed King of the Belgians following the abdication of Albert II. Her 18th birthday has also been marked with the issue of a special stamp featuring a photograph taken by King Philippe.