Prince Gabriel of Belgium

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Prince Gabriel
Gabriël van België.png
Prince Gabriel in 2015
Born (2003-08-20) 20 August 2003 (age 17)
Erasmus Hospital, Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium
Full name
French: Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie
Dutch: Gabriël Boudewijn Karel Maria
FatherPhilippe of Belgium
MotherMathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz

Prince Gabriel of Belgium (French: Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie, Dutch: Gabriël Boudewijn Karel Maria; born 20 August 2003) is the elder son and second child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. He is currently second in line to the throne of Belgium after his elder sister, Elisabeth.


Prince Gabriel was born in the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Brussels, on 20 August 2003. Prince Gabriel was christened at Ciergnon Castle on 25 October 2003. His godparents are: his maternal uncle, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz; and his paternal second cousin, Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg-Eisenberg [de].[citation needed] He was named Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie after his great-uncle King Baudouin of Belgium, his maternal uncle and godfather Count Charles-Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz and Virgin Mary (traditional name in Catholic royalty).[citation needed]

His older sister, Elisabeth, precedes him in the line of succession following the 1991 adoption of absolute primogeniture.[citation needed] Gabriel also has a younger brother, Prince Emmanuel, and a younger sister, Princess Eléonore. He lives with his parents and siblings at the Royal Palace of Laeken.[1]

Prince Gabriel was a student at St John Berchmans College,[2] where the instruction is in Dutch, in the Marolles district of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. French and English are also part of his education.[1] On 29 August 2019, it was announced that Prince Gabriel will study at International School of Brussels (ISB), an English-language private school in Watermael-Boitsfort.[3]

Prince Gabriel plays the piano. He likes to practice football, cycling, tennis, swimming, skiing, sailing.[1] He is also member of Royal Evere White Star Hockey Club [nl], a Belgian hockey club based in Evere[4][1] but decided to quit hockey in 2019 to focus on his school work.[4]


Coat of arms of Prince Gabriel of Belgium
Coat of arms of a Prince of Belgium.svg
As a Prince of Belgium and a descendant of King Leopold I, the Prince is entitled to use a coat of arms which was stipulated in the Royal Decree of King Philippe in 2019.[5]
12 July 2019
Princely crown of Belgium
Sable, a lion rampant or, armed and langued gules (Belgium), on the shoulder an escutcheon barry of ten sable and or, a crancelin vert (Wettin), overall a bordure or.
Two lions guardant proper
French: L'union fait la force
Dutch: Eendracht maakt macht
German: Einigkeit macht stark
Other elements
The whole is placed on a mantle purpure with ermine lining, fringes and tassels or and ensigned with the Royal crown of Belgium.


  1. ^ a b c d "Prince Gabriel". The Belgian Monarchy Official Website.
  2. ^ "PRINCESS ELISABETH, THE FUTURE QUEEN OF THE BELGIANS". 29 October 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2020. Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel of Belgium arrive at Sint Jan Berchmans College to attend the first day of the new scholar year on 3 September 2007 in the Brussels.
  3. ^ "WHO IS PRINCE GABRIEL OF BELGIUM?". 29 August 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b Dekkers, Laura (24 August 2019). "Prince Gabriël of Belgium quits hockey". Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  5. ^ Philippe, Koning der Belgen (12 July 2019). "Koninklijk besluit houdende vaststelling van het wapen van het Koninklijk Huis en van zijn leden" (PDF). Moniteur Belge/ Belgisch Staatsblad. Retrieved 24 July 2019.

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Prince Gabriel of Belgium
Born: 20 August 2003
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duchess of Brabant
Line of succession to the Belgian throne
2nd position
Succeeded by
Prince Emmanuel of Belgium