Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

:"For the consort of Albert I, who was also Princess of Belgium, see Elisabeth Gabriele of Bavaria"Infobox Belgian Royalty|princess
name = Princess Elisabeth
title = Princess Elisabeth of Belgium
full name = Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène


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date of birth = birth date and age|2001|10|25
place of birth = Anderlecht, near Brussels, Belgium
royal house = House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
father = Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant
mother = Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium ("Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène", born October 25, 2001 in Anderlecht) is the eldest daughter of Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, the heir apparent to the throne of Belgium, and his wife Princess Mathilde. She is a granddaughter of Albert II, King of the Belgians and Queen Paola.

Biography

She was born in Anderlecht, Brussels. Ten years prior to her birth, a new act of succession was put into effect which created full lineal primogeniture. If she ascends the throne, she will be Belgium's first Queen Regnant.

Elisabeth's godparents are Prince Amedeo of Belgium, her cousin, and Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz, her aunt.The eldest son of the heir apparent was traditionally titled 'Count of Hainaut ' (Dutch: Graaf van Henegouwen). It was therefore expected that a new royal decree would be issued, granting the title of Countess of Hainaut to Princess Elisabeth. A royal decree was indeed issued, but, despite all predictions, it didn't grant her the title but abolished the title, because it was not linguistically neutral.

Names

*Elisabeth is for her great-great grandmother Elisabeth of Bavaria.
*Thérèse is for
*Marie is for the Virgin Mary as per tradition with Catholic Royalty.
*Hélène is for her maternal aunt and godmother Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz.

Through her mother, Princess Elisabeth is related to many famous Polish noble, magnate families, such as the Czartoryski, Lubomirski, Radziwiłł, Zamoyski, Sanguszko, Tyszkiewicz houses. As a descendant of the Czartoryski and Sanguszko princes, she is related to the Gediminids, has connections to the Jagiellon royal dynasty, (which reigned in Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and Bohemia) as well as connections to various Russian princely families, such as Galitzines and Trubetskoy.

She has two younger brothers, Prince Gabriel and Prince Emmanuel, and a younger sister, Princess Eléonore.

Princess Elisabeth is currently a student at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Brussels, which was attended previously by her cousins, Amedeo, Maria Laura and Joachim.

Ancestry

ee also

*List of Succession to the Belgian Throne

External links

* [http://pages.prodigy.net/ptheroff/gotha.belgium.html Royal House of Belgium]
* [http://www.monarchie.be/elisabeth/index.html Her official website] (in French, Dutch, and German only)
* [http://www.monarchie.be The official website of the Belgian Royal Family]

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