PropertyIt’s a party, because Belgium’s Princess Elizabeth is twenty years old today. A perfect opportunity to showcase the most special moments of her life in this unique photo series. From her first photo, a family ski vacation to her debut at Oxford University.
“She is a real woman.” The proud Prince Philip presents his daughter to the Belgian people. Princess Mathilde Elizabeth Theresia gave birth to Maria Helena on October 25, 2001 at 9.58 pm.
For her first birthday, Elizabeth got her own stamp.
On her first day at school, she entered Saint-Jean-Berchmann College in Brussels with a red backpack.
Elizabeth hugs her newborn brother, Prince Emmanuel.
On a skiing holiday in Switzerland with her father Philip and her older brother Prince Gabriel.
An eye tricking eye during a family trip to a nature park in the Ardennes.
Visit Antwerp Zoo.
Elizabeth runs among the flowers at the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken.
Between chickens and rabbits on a farm in West Flanders, this one also makes little princesses happy.
The pediatric ward at UZ Gent is now called Princess Elisabeth Hospital. At the inauguration, she gave her first official speech in flawless Dutch.
Three generations of heads of state together in the summer of 2012: Philip (then heir apparent), Elizabeth and King Albert.
Two girls on Ile-Dieu beach in France.
“I’ll show you how to do it,” Vincent Company seems to say when the princess attends the Red Devils’ training.
In the annual photo September 1 at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege.
The handshake on National Day in front of the father’s approval: it’s all part of it.
Palace flower: Elizabeth wears an elegant outfit for a formal portrait.
The girl becomes a woman – fearlessly defying the stones of Brussels with her bright red heels.
With trendy sneakers and a lot of nature, Elizabeth packs everyone into UNICEF Kenya’s mission.
While training at the Royal Military Academy, she proved that she had nothing to fear.
Since this school year, the Crown Prince has been studying at Oxford University and there she feels like a fish in water.
See also: Jo de Porter on Princess Elizabeth’s birthday
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