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Belgian royal family shares stylish portrait of Princess Elisabeth as she celebrates 20th birthday

Belgian Royal Family shares stylish portrait of Hippie Hogwarts alumna Princess Elisabeth as she celebrates her 20th birthday while studying history and politics at Oxford

  • Princess Elisabeth is the eldest daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
  • Royal is studying a three-year degree in history and politics at Oxford University
  • She completed her secondary education at UWC Atlantic College in South Wales


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The Belgian royal family has released a new portrait on the occasion of Princess Elisabeth’s 20th birthday.

Elisabeth, the eldest daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and heir to the Belgian throne, is currently studying a three-year degree in history and politics at Oxford University.

The princess completed her secondary education at UWC Atlantic College in South Wales – located in a 12th-century castle and dubbed it ‘Hippie Hogwarts’ – where she boarded for 18 months.

In the portrait, shared by the Belgian household today, Elisabeth smiles away from the camera, dressed in a stylish plaid blazer, blue sweater and white shirt.

The Belgian royal family has released a new portrait on the occasion of Princess Elisabeth's 20th birthday (photo)

The Belgian royal family has released a new portrait on the occasion of Princess Elisabeth’s 20th birthday (photo)

She completed her look with elegant hoop earrings, while keeping her hair down and curled.

The photo was shared on the royal family’s Instagram account with the caption: “Princess Elisabeth turns 20 today. Thanks for your birthday wishes.”

The new image is a previously unreleased photo from a collection of photos published by the Belgian Royal Palace in honor of Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, starting in Oxford.

Elisabeth, the eldest daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and heir to the Belgian throne, is currently studying a three-year degree in history and politics at Oxford University (pictured)

Elisabeth, the eldest daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and heir to the Belgian throne, is currently studying a three-year degree in history and politics at Oxford University (pictured)

Elisabeth, the eldest daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and heir to the Belgian throne, is currently studying a three-year degree in history and politics at Oxford University (pictured)

The photos, which came out at the beginning of this month, were taken at the university on September 27 by Bas Bogaerts.

The Belgian royal family announced the news that the princess would attend Lincoln College of the prestigious university in a statement on her… Instagram page last month, adding that Elisabeth will “regularly return to Belgium and remain involved in Belgian public life” while studying in the UK.

The post was accompanied by a photo of Elisabeth, casually dressed in jeans, a white shirt and a fawn jacket, smiling with her eyes looking away from the camera.

According to the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, the princess passed a written history entrance exam ‘anonymously’ so that her social status would not affect her grades.

Princess Elisabeth, pictured last month, appeared like any other student as she began her degree in history and politics at Oxford University

Princess Elisabeth, pictured last month, appeared like any other student as she began her degree in history and politics at Oxford University

Princess Elisabeth, pictured last month, appeared like any other student as she began her degree in history and politics at Oxford University

The Belgian royal family shared a series of photos taken in September of the royal family exploring the city and campus after arriving in the UK

The Belgian royal family shared a series of photos taken in September of the royal family exploring the city and campus after arriving in the UK

Elisabeth pictured in the library

Elisabeth pictured in the library

The Belgian royal family shared a series of photos taken in September of the royal family exploring the city and campus after arriving in the UK (left, going punting with friends and right in the library)

It is believed that Elisabeth chose the course herself, in consultation with her parents, and reportedly consulted with alumni from various universities and made her decision based on what would be most helpful to her in her role as queen later in her life.

The princess completed her secondary education at UWC Atlantic College in South Wales – located in a 12th-century castle and dubbed it ‘Hippie Hogwarts’ – where she boarded for 18 months.

She then went to Brussels in March, ahead of the government shutdown, which she spent with her parents and siblings Prince Gabriel, 17, Prince Emmanuel, 15, and Princess Eléonore, 13.

Then, in September 2020, she enrolled at the Royal Military Academy – where her father studied for three years as a teenager.

The princess, who obtained her International Baccalaureate Diploma last summer, completed a one-year course in social and military sciences.

The course is said to teach in depth about the four components of Belgian defence; Army, Air Force, Navy and Medical. King Filip, 60, spent three years at the esteemed institution between 1978 and 1981.

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