Princess Elisabeth signs up to military school .
Crown Princess Elisabeth of Belgium is set to embark on a brand new chapter in her life. The Belgian royal palace has confirmed that the future queen, who celebrated her 18th birthday in October, will begin at the Royal Military Academy in Belgium in the autumn. Elisabeth is following in the footsteps of her father, King Philippe, who attended the facility from 1978 to 1981. The Royal Military Academy is the military university in Belgium, and is responsible for the education of officers in the four components of Belgian defence; Army, Air Force, Navy and Medical. As the future monarch, Elisabeth will emerge from the academy with an in-depth understanding of her country’s military powers.
Elisabeth previously studied at UWC Atlantic College in Wales, returning to Belgium in March ahead of lockdown. The king and queen’s eldest child was accepted into the sixth form college in March 2018. At the time, the palace announced that Elisabeth had passed the entrance exam and would complete her Internationale Baccalauréat in Wales in 2020. The college teaches the rigorous IB system for 16 to 19 year olds. It was founded in 1962 by German educationalist Kurt Hahn, who also set up Gordonstoun boarding school in Scotland, famously attended by Prince Charles.