Belgian Princess begins military training
Published: 16:10 22 September 2020 Updated: 16:12 22 September 2020
Belgium’s Crown Princess Elisabeth. Photo: Collected
Belgium’s Crown Princess Elisabeth recently began a grueling military training course at the Royal Military Academy. Some photos and videos of the royal during her military training went viral on social media.
Although the 18-year-old heir to the thrown commenced her training in early September, the Belgian Royal Palace released the photos and videos only recently.
In a video, Princess Elisabeth, also known as the Duchess of Brabant, is seen along with 170 other officer candidates on their first day at the facility.
The future monarch took part in a military initiation training at Elsenborn Belgian army camp in Butgenbach dressed in army fatigues and shooting guns.
The teen royal graduated from high school in Wales and is now spending a year studying Social and Military Sciences at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, following in the footsteps of her father, King Philippe who attended the academy from 1978 to 1981.
According to the military academy, the princess will be taught the values of Defence, such as discipline, respect, commitment and courage, as well as shooting, marching, and camouflage techniques during her training.
“It is an honour for us to have her with us, but we treat her just like any other pupil,” Major Isabel Vanhavermaet, who supervises the first years, told VRT.
“The camp lasts four weeks, and if Elisabeth passes, she will receive her blue beret from the Royal Military Academy during a ceremony on September 25 in the presence of her parents,” Brussels Times reported.
Princess Elisabeth’s 18th birthday in October last year was a momentous celebration for the entire country. In royal terms, the Crown Princess is now old enough to rule without the help of a regent, which means eventually when she takes the throne to become the first Belgian queen to earn the title through birth rather than marriage. A law was passed in the country in 1991 to allow royal women to keep their place in the line of succession, even over their younger brothers. - Brussels Times
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