Little-known Princess Elisabeth may not be as famous as the Duchess of Cambridge, but the daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde brings the ‘Kate effect’ to brands in Brussels.
The 18-year-old, who is currently completing the final term of her boarding school UWC Atlantic College in South Wales online, announced this week that she will be attending military school in Brussels in September.
And when photos of Princess Elisabeth jogging through a field near her home in Brussels were shared online, royal fans rushed to get their hands on her Liebaert Textiles leggings, with the company reporting orders for sportswear had doubled overnight .
The frenzy to buy the same item as the low-key royal is similar to the sold-out impact on brands often fueled by Kate Middleton, 38, known as ‘the Kate effect.’
And now stylist Susie Hasler, who runs Stylized by Susie, has revealed to FEMAIL that their ability to sell out garments is just one of many similarities between the two women.
Princess Elisabeth, 18, (left), shares many similarities with the Duchess of Cambridge, 38 (right). In a move similar to the Kate effect, royal fans rushed to get their hands on her Liebaert Textiles leggings, with the company reporting orders for the sportswear doubled overnight
Although she may still be a teenager, Princess Elisabeth proves all her style references.
Liebaert Textiles reported that orders for their clothing doubled after photos of the royal jogging appeared in their leggings on the internet.
The brand was forced to increase staff demand to meet overwhelming interest.
Camille Lieaert, the designer behind the brand, told The Brussels Times: ‘I woke up at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning and immediately received a few messages from people who had forwarded the front page of some newspapers.
Everyone was very enthusiastic. I didn’t really realize the impact at the time, but at the end of the day, I couldn’t get over it. It was all very overwhelming. ‘
Meanwhile, Kate Middleton is known for her sold-out styles, with fans rushing to get their hands on her outfits as soon as she is seen in the clothes.
Chic, classic style
Despite her young age, Princess Elisabeth proves to be a hit in the style already, with a similar chic and classic style to Kate
Kate is known for her beautiful and classic style, but also for the possibility to combine trendy high street items with chic designer items.
The mother of three children is also often praised for her ability to reuse and recycle clothes.
Meanwhile, teenage princess Elisabeth seems to have adopted many of the same principles with her own style.
For her 18th birthday, the youngster was honored with a televised party at the lavish Royal Palace, complete with ballet dancers, royal speakers – and a performance by a former Eurovision star.
The royal wore a trendy white blazer dress for the outing, which was strikingly similar to a dress Kate wore on her tour of Poland in 2017.
Susie revealed: ‘They both like a simple, chic yet feminine style.
“We’ve seen this evolve over the years with Kate to the look she’s wearing today. She is formal, but not short of breath. She is conservative but approachable. And each of these is evident in her outfit choices. In general, she is very elegant – just like Princess Elisabeth. ‘
The stylist added, “The two women also both have slender figures and choose styles that are flatter, without the outfit becoming the talking point.
“Princess Elisabeth wears the Duchess’s puny heels with many of her outfits and she likes to add color accents while keeping the overall look simple, fitted and feminine.”
Commitment to royal duty during lockdown
Like the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Elisabeth has remained committed to her royal duty throughout the pandemic, balancing her schoolwork with her volunteer work (pictured left, elderly people on the phone in the community)
The princess is now legally old enough to rule without a replacement regent appointed.
How Elisabeth became the first queen of Belgium by birth
At the age of 18, Princess Elisabeth was legally old enough to rule without a replacement regent being appointed.
It means that Elisabeth is now eligible to become queen upon her father’s death, although given that he is in good health and only 60 years old, he is not expected to be fast.
When she ascends the throne, Elisabeth becomes the first queen of Belgium at birth.
When it was established in 1830, the Belgian constitution stipulated that accession to the throne was reserved for the descendants of Leopold I by order of birthright ‘with the eternal exclusion of women’.
But the Salic Act was abolished in 1991.
Elisabeth’s great-uncle Boudewijn was then on the throne.
Her grandfather Albert II was king from Baudouin’s death in 1993 until he abdicated in 2003 in favor of his son King Philippe, Elisabeth’s father.
When Elisabeth ascends the throne, she becomes the first queen of Belgium by birth.
The talented 18-year-old, heir to the throne of Belgium, follows in her father’s footsteps by enrolling at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, where she learns about military and social affairs that will help her emerge prepare for her future role as queen.
Elisabeth studied at UWC Atlantic College in Wales and will join the military in a movement that is making headlines in her home country.
Like students across the country, the Royal is forced to complete her studies remotely and will not return to school. For the past two months, she has lived with her parents, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, and her three brothers and sisters in Brussels.
But it’s not just schoolwork she studied during the lockdown.
While at the Laeken Palace, Elizabeth and her siblings Prince Gabriel, 16, Prince Emmanuel, 14, and Princess Eleonore, 12, spent time volunteering.
They showed their support to the Belgian elderly population by calling retirement homes and delivering pastries.
And it is not only Princess Elisabeth who juggles the royal duty with her other responsibilities.
While imprisoned, the Duchess balanced motherhood and homeschooling, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, with royal duty.
Welsh boarding school called ‘hippie Hogwarts’
Princess Elisabeth of Belgium enrolled at UWC Atlantic College in South Wales, a leading private school called ‘hippie Hogwarts’, at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Her home is the crumbling, 12th-century St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, where she studies the International Baccalaureate.
According to reports, students are encouraged to avoid ‘excessive displays of wealth’ by mingling with people of all walks of life, while discouraging the use of expensive gadgets such as laptops.
Alumni include Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Princess Raiyah of Jordan, but students may as well shrug their shoulders with ‘refugees from West Africa’ and ‘Californian hippies,’ according to an article published last year in The Times.
United World College of the Atlantic is located in the 12th-century St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, shown in file image. About 350 students study at the school outside Cardiff, including Crown Princess Elisabeth of Belgium