The princess Elizabeth of Brabant, heir to the throne of Belgium, finished the last phase of her military training, thus ending her academic year at the Royal Military School, the Royal Palace reported on Friday.
The last stage of the academic year consisted of a course of three days at the Commando Training Center in Marche-les-Dames, a town located near Namur (southern Belgium), where the daughter of Kings Felipe and Matilde had to work in an “unusual” environment, overcome “her limits” and show “courage, audacity and commitment”.
In addition, the instruction included rock climbing, abseiling, a “walk of death” and a boat ride. With this course, the princess, first in the line of succession to the throne, gave by finished his ftraining at the military academy, which began upon completion of the International Baccalaureate at UWC Atlantic College in Wales (UK).
Princess Elizabeth, 19, entered the officers’ school created in 1834 by King Leopold I on August 31 and is part of the 160th class in social and military sciences. The initial phase and the winter camp took place, respectively, in September, as well as last January and February, in Eselnborn military barracks (eastern Belgium).
The young heiress began first in defense techniques and military values, while having to do 5 hours a week of physical exercise, while in the academic part she took a more classic curriculum with classes such as mathematics or science.
She entered the school as a boarding school and without any benefit or favor with respect to the rest of the students, as defended by the center’s management. In addition, she did not receive any remuneration during her training, as is the case with the rest of the students of the military school.
Princess Elizabeth, granddaughter of Albert II and sister of Princes Gabriel (2003) and Manuel (2005) and Princess Eleanor of Belgium (2008), was the first heir to the throne of Belgium educated in Dutch. She is also fluent in French and German, also official in Belgium, as well as English.
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