Princess Elisabeth of Belgium cut an elegant figure when she began her degree in history and politics at Oxford University.
The eldest daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, heir to the Belgian throne, started the three-year course at the prestigious Lincoln College earlier this week.
The Belgian royal family shared a series of photos taken last week of the 19-year-old exploring the city and campus after arriving in the UK.
In the snaps, Elisabeth dressed casually in jeans, cozy colorful jumpers and smart blazers as she went punting with friends and started studying in the library.
Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, 19, appeared like any other student when she started her degree in history and politics at Oxford University
The Belgian royal family shared a series of photos taken last week of the 19-year-old exploring the city and campus after arriving in the UK (left, going punting with friends and right in the library)
In the snaps, Elisabeth, casually dressed in jeans, cozy colorful jumpers and smart blazers when she started college life in Oxford
She was photographed alongside some of her new classmates at some of the university’s most iconic locations, including the Lodge, the Front Quad, the Grove and Radcliffe Square.
The Belgian royal family announced the news in a statement on its website Instagram page last month, adding that the princess 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.
One of the photos showed the teen walking around the university campus in a white shirt and casual jeans
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.
Get to know the local haunts! In another instant, the royal family enjoyed a cup of coffee with classmates at an Oxford cafe
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.
The photos, taken last week, show the heir to the Belgian throne exploring the city and university campus
In July, Princess Elisabeth was photographed at the Lagland camp in Arlon, where she marched in uniform with her fellow cadets.
For the officer cadets of the Royal Military Academy (RMA), the camp is part of the final training phase for freshmen and is part of the Initial Military Phase.
Officially known as Princess Elisabeth, the Duchess of Brabant, she became heir to the throne after her grandfather Albert II abdicated in 2013.
The princess, who obtained her International Baccalaureate Diploma last summer, completed a one-year course in social and military sciences at the Royal Military Academy.
A change in the law ten years ago made it possible for the eldest child, male or female, to ascend the throne in Belgium. If she takes on the role, she will become the country’s first queen regent.
In July of this year she took part in the National Day Parade together with her fellow students from the Royal Military Academy Belgium.
National Day marks the anniversary of the inauguration of King Leopold I, the country’s first monarch, in 1831.
The Belgian Royal Family, from left, Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, King Philippe, Princess Eleonore, Queen Mathilde and Prince Emmanuel during a royal visit to the Bokrijk Park and Open Air Museum in Genk, Belgium in June last year