Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant

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Princess Elisabeth
Duchess of Brabant
Elisabeth in 2023
BornPrincess Elisabeth of Belgium
(2001-10-25) 25 October 2001 (age 22)
Erasmus Hospital, Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium
FatherPhilippe of Belgium
MotherMathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant (Dutch: Elisabeth Theresia Maria Helena; French: Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène; born 25 October 2001) is the heir apparent to the Belgian throne. The eldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, she became heir apparent after her grandfather King Albert II abdicated in favour of her father on 21 July 2013.[1]

Birth[change | change source]

The first child of the then Duke and Duchess of Brabant, Elisabeth was delivered by Caesarean section at 21:58 CET on 25 October 2001 at the Erasmus Hospital, the teaching hospital of Université libre de Bruxelles in Anderlecht, Brussels.[2] She was baptized on 9 December 2001 in the chapel of Ciergnon Castle in the Belgian Ardennes, by Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels.[source?] Her godparents are Archduke Amedeo of Austria-Este (paternal cousin), and Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal aunt).[source?]

Titles and Styles and Honor

25 October 2001-21 July 2013: Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

21 July 2013-present Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant


-Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold (25 October 2019)

References[change | change source]

  1. Brumfield, Ben (21 July 2013). "Belgium's King Albert II gives up throne to son". CNN. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. "Les premières déclarations du Prince Philippe" (in French). 26 October 2001. Le Prince Philippe a annoncé, dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi à la presse, que la Princesse Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène était née à 21h58 par césarienne.