Belgium’s Crown Princess Elisabeth to Attend Royal Military Academy

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Princess Elisabeth of Belgium. Photo Credit: Patrick Van Katwuk/GETTY

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium will continue her education at the Royal Academy this fall in Brussels, following in the steps of her father, King Phillipe who attended the Royal Academy from 1978 to 1981.

The Academy trains officers in the four components of Belgian defense: Army, Air Force, Navy and Medical. About 150 students are admitted each year after passing rigorous exams including math, French and Dutch language, physical tests and a psychological evaluation.

 

 

Last October the Crown Princess turned 18 and is now old enough to rule the country without the assistance of a regent. If her parents, King Phillipe or Queen Mathilde should pass away unexpectedly or step down, in her own right, she would become the monarch.

She completed two years at the UWC Atlantic College in Wales where she received her International Baccalaureate degree.

Princess Elisabeth enjoys playing sports, including tennis, skiing, hiking and scuba diving. She plays the piano, likes to cook and volunteers for a number of causes, helping children with learning challenges and people with handicaps. She also works with the elderly and with people that are homeless.

“These 18 years have been filled with many rewarding moments that have made me the person I am today,” said Princess Elisabeth in a speech.

“[It is] a step that I take with great optimism. I realize 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 continued, “The country can count on me.”

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