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Old 11-27-2018, 03:17 PM
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In my wildest fantasy Philippe and Mathilde will give their beautiful eldest daughter a formal ball at Laeken to mark her 18th birthday, with the cream of the younger generation of Royals in attendance and tiaras an absolute requirement.

It won't happen but I can dream!
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Old 11-27-2018, 03:35 PM
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Old 11-27-2018, 03:55 PM
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In my wildest fantasy Philippe and Mathilde will give their beautiful eldest daughter a formal ball at Laeken to mark her 18th birthday, with the cream of the younger generation of Royals in attendance and tiaras an absolute requirement.

It won't happen but I can dream!
I don’t expect Elisabeth to be given a new 18th birthday gift tiara. I believe, however, that she is likely to get a brand new wedding gift tiara one day. If she ever requires a tiara before she gets married, I expect her to borrow her mother’s Laurel Wreath, or perhaps her grandmother’s Art Deco bandeau if it is available to her.
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Old 11-27-2018, 04:34 PM
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In my wildest fantasy Philippe and Mathilde will give their beautiful eldest daughter a formal ball at Laeken to mark her 18th birthday, with the cream of the younger generation of Royals in attendance and tiaras an absolute requirement.

It won't happen but I can dream!

Very unlikey. and if there is a Ball or something it will be private and we will not get to see pics. Like we didn't know that there was a Ball for the 50th birthday of Philippe in 2010 hosted by his parents and only got to know about it at some point later.

For a big Ball we will probably have to wait till Ingrid Alexandra or Christian will turn 18 as there where Balls when their fathers turned 18.
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Old 11-28-2018, 02:00 AM
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I actually think it's very likely a private ball is hosted for Elisabeth's 18th birthday. The reason all this is private in Laeken is because Philippe will get slaughtered by the leading political party for any extra glam or expense - actually any excuse will do for them. We're living in populist times.

But maybe Elisabeth herself doesn't want a ball because she's a thoroughly modern young woman? Maybe she'll have a big bash with her friends (and royal friends/cousins) and then that too will be private.

I do expect something special, more than a photoshoot. Maybe a short interview? Who knows, apart from her majority it isn't a very special point in her life as she already is the crown princess and she'll still be studying (at various international institutions) for the next couple of years. Her life will remain 99,9 % private for quite a while.
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Old 11-28-2018, 02:04 AM
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Since King Baudouin being King the law changes . Majority is now at the age of 18.
What a difference between those two lives, right? Baudouin at 21 as a traumatized young adult: his mother's death, the war where he was sure he was going to die in German captivity, the political & public animosity against his father, the burden of kingship at such a young age... And then Elisabeth today, a relaxed intelligent young woman who has all the chances to develop herself and to take her time to learn and explore the world, surrounded by parents who love and support her.
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Old 11-28-2018, 02:41 PM
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I thought Baudouin was barely 20 years old when he was compelled to take the throne against his will?

No matter. Poor guy...no wonder he wanted to enter a Trappist order before he met Fabiola!

And yes. Princess Elisabeth leads a charmed life in comparison to her great uncle Baudouin
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I thought Baudouin was barely 20 years old when he was compelled to take the throne against his will?

No matter. Poor guy...no wonder he wanted to enter a Trappist order before he met Fabiola!

And yes. Princess Elisabeth leads a charmed life in comparison to her great uncle Baudouin

Baudouin was roughly 1 1/2 month short of his 21st birthday. Born September 7, 1930 - ascension to the Belgian throne July 17, 1951.

I have seen footage of his ascension and, what you say, poor guy. He really was barely an adult.


But I do think Elisabeth and her siblings have learnt a lot from Baudouin (and Fabiola), through the latter and their parents.
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New photo of the four siblings:
https://www.monarchie.be/sites/defau...ppr_7978_0.jpg
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Fun picture (they clearly had fun)!
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Old 12-21-2018, 04:20 PM
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Baudouin was roughly 1 1/2 month short of his 21st birthday. Born September 7, 1930 - ascension to the Belgian throne July 17, 1951.

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He had been serving as de facto Regent though since August 11, 1950, i.e. almost one year before his father's abdication.
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Thanks Skippy! Very lovely picture!!!
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:10 AM
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Lovely picture, they are really turning into very young looking teenagers/young adults
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The 2 boys are smiling , it was not during a public Event .
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A lovely photo of the children - It's sweet to see Gabriel with his arm around Eleonore and I love their smiles! Eleonore's dress is also beautiful - she looks really grown up in this photo.
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A lovely photo of the children - It's sweet to see Gabriel with his arm around Eleonore and I love their smiles! Eleonore's dress is also beautiful - she looks really grown up in this photo.

They are always that touchy... I remember last summer during the annual photo shoot Gabriel holding hands with his younger brother, playing unconsciously with his fingers, which I find quite surprising and, to me, unfamiliar for boys, Gabriel being almost a young man, behaving like that in public. But I found this was a very sweet and touching scene to look at!
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When Princess Elisabeth turns 18 will there be any special event? Will she also swear the constitution as it does in other monarchies?
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New stamp next year on October 2019 for Princess Elisabeth before her 18th Birthday.

Queen Mathilde: Coming Up: New Stamp
Dutch royalty website vorsten.nl also reports on the stamp being issued next year (and has an imo lovely photo of the princess)
https://www.vorsten.nl/2018/11/24/pr...t-ze-18-wordt/

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When Princess Elisabeth turns 18 will there be any special event? Will she also swear the constitution as it does in other monarchies?
I asked the same question and was quickly told that the BRF are fairly lowkey in how they celebrate milestone events, so I doubt we'll see a large party that will be publicised, however I suspect there will be a private party for Elisabeth to enjoy with her family and close friends from Belgium (and also perhaps some new friends she's made from Wales).
I don't know about swearing in to the constitution, one of the Belgian members or those who are more knowledgeable about the BRF's traditions will have to fill us in on that!
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P. Elisabeth, P. Gabriël, P. Emmanuel and P. Eléonore - News and Pictures Part 3

http://m.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20190330_04291676

The King has announced that Elisabeth will not receive a dotation yet.
She could have from her 18th birthday. But Philippe and Mathilde decided they want their daughter to be able to live a life without obligations for now.
Elisabeth will study at the Atlantic College until the summer of next year and will presumably continue to university and military training after that.
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