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 16)
Erasmus Hospital, Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium
Full name
French: Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie
Dutch: Gabriël Boudewijn Karel Maria
HouseBelgium
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 older sister Elisabeth.

Life[edit]

Gabriel was born in the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Brussels, on 20 August 2003. Gabriel was christened at Ciergnon Castle on October 25, 2003. His godparents are: his maternal uncle, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz; and Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg (paternal second cousin).[1]

His older sister, Elisabeth, precedes him in the line of succession following the 1991 adoption of absolute primogeniture. 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.

Prince Gabriel is currently a student at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege, 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.

Prince Gabriel plays the piano. He likes to practice football, cycling, tennis, swimming, skiing, sailing. He is also member of a hockey club.[2]

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Prince Gabriel of Belgium
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Notes
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.[3]
Adopted
12 July 2019
Coronet
Princely crown of Belgium
Escutcheon
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.
Supporters
Two lions guardant proper
Motto
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Younger Children of King Philippe of the Belgians: Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eléonore". Unofficial Royalty.
  2. ^ "Prince Gabriel". The Belgian Monarchy Official Website.
  3. ^ 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.

External links[edit]

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