The Royal Palace in Brussels
released new photos of Princess Elisabeth on Wednesday – but she was
taking on a different role to her usual responsibilities.
The images show the princess
attending the Royal Military School summer camp, reuniting with her classmates
to mark the end of the school year.
Dressed in camouflage and with
her face painted green, the 20-year-old looked the picture of concentration.
The aim of the camp is to
practice skills such as patrolling techniques and leadership as well as
resistance to stress and fatigue through military exercises in the field.
After obtaining her
International Baccalaureate from UWC Atlantic College in Wales in 2020, the
Belgian royal previously spent a year at the military academy, where she
studied Social and Military Sciences before moving back to the UK.
She now studies history and
politics at the University of Oxford’s Lincoln College, sharing her excitement
about the move in a series of photos that the Royal Palace posted to
social media last autumn.
Princess Elisabeth attended Royal Military School summer camp
They included snapshots of the
19-year-old in some of the college’s most iconic locations, including Elisabeth
walking through the Front Quad and Radcliffe Square, meeting her
classmates at The Grove and punting with friends on the River Cherwell.
In an additional image, the
royal was pictured reading in the college’s library, and in another, she
enjoyed a coffee outside a nearby café.
However, she remains closely connected
to her family at home and continues to regularly return to Belgium and remain
involved in Belgian public life and royal duties.
The Princess is the heir to
the throne and will become the first woman to become the head of state in
Belgium when she succeeds her father, King Philippe.
The King and Queen
Mathilde are also parents to Elisabeth’s younger siblings, Prince Gabriel,
18, Prince Emmanuel, 16, and 13-year-old Princess Eleonore.