Crown Princess Elisabeth of Belgium celebrated her 18th birthday with a lavish ceremony on television in the Royal Palace of Brussels – and it seems that her gifts were just as grand.
The heir to the Belgian throne, who boarded UWC Atlantic College in South Wales, received the oldest knighthood in the country from her father, King Philippe.
He gave his daughter, the Duchess of Brabant, the Order of Leopold, which was founded in July 1832, when Belgium became independent.
But the extravagant gifts did not end there, with the Belgian federal government announcing that a new wind farm in the North Sea will be named in honor of Elisabeth.
Crown Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, pictured, celebrated her 18th birthday with a lavish television ceremony at the Royal Palace of Brussels – and it seems that her gifts were just as grand
The heir to the Belgian throne, who boarded UWC Atlantic College in South Wales, received the oldest knighthood in the country, the Order of Leopold, depicted by her father King Philippe
The Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, announced the news on Twitter and said in French: "Happy birthday to Princess Elizabeth. To celebrate her birthday, the government called her the new wind farm. & # 39;
Construction is scheduled to start in 2020 and be completed in 2030 – which marks the government's efforts to invest in clean energy.
The Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo also boasted about the books he sent the Princess for her birthday.
Among those who were given, some focused on feminism and female leadership and others on the history of Belgium.
But the extravagant gifts did not end there, with the Belgian federal government announcing, pictured, that a new wind farm in the North Sea will be named in honor of Elisabeth
King Philippe presents his daughter, the Duchess of Brabant, with the Order of Leopold, which was founded in July 1832, when Belgium became independent
Composed: The Belgian princess showed grace beyond her years of giving her speech at the birthday event, pictured. The procedure was broadcast live on three of the largest television channels in Belgium
Elisabeth also decorated her features during the ceremony with a glamorous pair of gold and diamond earrings that were given to her during the day.
It is unclear where the jewels come from, but some royal commentators suggest that they are from Elisabeth & # 39; s parents or grandparents.
Members of the public who were invited to celebrate during the ceremony on Friday also gave gifts to the royal.
Overcome: Proud mother Queen Mathilde, 46, fought a tear back and was comforted by husband King Philippe (right) as she watched her teenage daughter give a speech in front of the room full of VIP guests. Pictured on the left, their son Prince Gabriel, 16
Classic: Princess Elisabeth has a fitted dress with a trench coat and a flattering hip belt for the striking royal occasion in the photo. The royal was the image of elegance when she posed for photos after the ceremony (above)
Royal duties: The future Belgian queen posed for photos with dancers from the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, who were invited to perform during the event
A fellow 18-year-old brought Elisabeth a series of gifts from the city of Roeselare, Flanders, including a reusable bottle of water, a shirt and chocolates.
Elisabeth & # 39; s birthday celebrated performances by Eurovision singer Blanche – who became fourth in the singing competition two years ago – and the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.
Her proud mother Queen Mathilde, 46, fought a tear back when she gave a speech to her teenage daughter in front of the room full of VIP guests.
The grandparents of Elisabeth, the former King Albert II and his wife Queen Paola, and her brothers and sisters Prince Gabriel, 16, Prince Emmanuel (14) and Princess Eleonore (11), were also present.
Friday's milestone was especially important because it marked that the princess was legally old enough to rule without the appointment of a replacement regent.
When Elisabeth ascends the throne, she is the first queen of Belgium by birth.
How Elisabeth becomes the first queen of Belgium from birth
At the age of 18, Princess Elisabeth is now legally old enough to rule without appointing a replacement regent.
It means that Elisabeth is now eligible to become a queen at the death of her father, although he is in good health and only 59 years old and is not expected to be soon.
When she climbs the throne, Elisabeth will do that become the first queen of Belgium by birth.
When it was founded in 1830, the Belgian constitution stipulated that access to the throne was reserved for the descendants of Leopold I on the order of primogeniture & # 39; with the eternal exclusion of women & # 39 ;.
But the Salic law was abolished in 1991. Elisabeth & # 39; s great-uncle Boudewijn was on the throne at that time.
Her grandfather Albert II was king from the death of Baudouin in 1993 until he renounced his son King Philippe, the father of Elisabeth, in 2003.
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