Belgium

“The country can count on me” Belgium’s future queen assures Belgian people


© Royal Palace, Brussels/Koninklijk Paleis, Brussel/Palais Royal, Bruxelles/Königlicher Palast, Brüssel Photographer: Michel Gronemberger

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday and spoke to the Belgian people on live television as part of her birthday celebrations.

She was poised and confident as she spoke about her first 18 years and what she has learned, as well as what she has left to learn. She thanked her family and teachers for their guidance in her life and focused on the environment and climate change.

The most poignant part of her speech came at the end, in which she said three times in the three languages of Belgium (Dutch, French and German), where she spoke of what she will focus on.

© Royal Palace, Brussels/Koninklijk Paleis, Brussel/Palais Royal, Bruxelles/Königlicher Palast, Brüssel Photographer: Michel Gronemberger

“Eighteen years … A step that I take with great optimism. I realise that I still have a lot to learn. I will also focus on that in the coming years: trying to understand the world better – and helping to improve it, by giving the best of myself,” she said.

She concluded with, “The country can count on me.”

After hearing her remarks, it is safe to say, Belgium is in good hands for the future. Elisabeth brought back memories of another crown princess on her 18th birthday in 1995 – Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Victoria promised on her 18th birthday to serve Sweden and the King, her father, and she has done more than that. She is a beloved figure in Sweden, hardworking and down to earth. Princess Elisabeth will be following in good footsteps by emulating Crown Princess Victoria.

The Duchess of Brabant’s full speech can be read here.




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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.