Princess Elisabeth of Belgium turns 20! See the best looks of the future queen

Princess Elisabeth, a bright star among European royalty
A tough private
An elegant princess
Studying in Oxford
Her 18th birthday, 2 years ago
Military training
Elisabeth of Belgium: a stylish princess
Belgium's national holiday, 2017
Bright colours
An elegant teen
Pretty in pink
Mission to Kenya
2019 National Day of Belgium
Princess Elisabeth in heels
Floral Maje dress
Goofing around with her brother
Jumpsuit
Accessories and makeup
The same dress as Pippa Middleton
Colourful on the skis
Chiffon blouse
Khaki and white
School days
Christmas
Casual
20 years and ready to follow in her father's footsteps
Princess Elisabeth, a bright star among European royalty

She's off to university and blossoming as a glamorous European royal. Elisabeth, the Crown Princess of Belgium and Duchess of Brabant, turns 20 on October 25. Let's have a look at some of her best fashion moments and get to know the tastes of the future queen.

A tough private

Elisabeth is nothing like a damsel in distress but rather a tough young lady! She went to the Royal Military Academy and knows how to climb mountains and handle weapons. The princess spent a year in military training and many of her recent photos feature the camouflage colour palette.

An elegant princess

But there's also bright red, orange, and pink! See for example this tangelo orange dress by the Belgian designer Natan, combined with a hat of the same colour from Fabienne Delvigne, which she wore at the National Day celebration in July 2021.

Studying in Oxford

At the moment, Princess Elisabeth is studying History and Politics at Lincoln College in Oxford University. She's blending into the student population with contemporary, casual outfits like this pair of jeans with a double-layered shirt.

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Her 18th birthday, 2 years ago

The 18th birthday of Princess Elisabeth was a special occasion. It meant that she was officially ready to become queen (even though her father is expected to continue as king for many years to come). The young royal wore a classic white trench coat dress by Natan. Various European media compared her style to that of Kate Middleton.

Military training

It was a big contrast with the outfit she would be wearing a year later, when the princess attended the military academy for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Elisabeth of Belgium: a stylish princess

Yet, the Belgian royal has shown on more than one occasion that she is most of all a stylish princess. For example in this Emporio Armani ensemble at the funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

Belgium's national holiday, 2017

Elisabeth loves bright colours, dresses, and high heels. She follows in the footsteps of her mother, Queen Mathilde, who always makes sure the entire family is dressed in matching colours.

Bright colours

Mother and daughter's love for colour was clear during their visit to the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition for classical musicians in 2018. Her bright fuchsia floral trousers from Diane von Furstenberg matched excellently with her mother's orange Armani dress.

An elegant teen

Elisabeth was 16 years old and wore braces at the time of the Belgian national holiday in July 2017. Yet, she appeared at the event as an elegant young woman guiding her younger siblings through the steps of the official ceremony.

Pretty in pink

For her 17th birthday, the Belgian royal palace posted this photo on Instagram, in which the princess wears a pink blouse with open sleeves and off-white floral trousers. There's a story behind these clothes. Her mum wore the blouse in 2010 and the pants come from confection store Zara instead of an expensive and exclusive fashion designer.

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Mission to Kenya

Joining her mother on a visit to Kenya in 2019, Elisabeth once again chose a bright pink for one of her outfits. The blouse was, once again, from Zara.

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2019 National Day of Belgium

On Belgium's national holiday in July 2019, Princess Elisabeth returned to the Belgian designer Natan. The clutch, in striking cobalt blue, is also from Natan.

Princess Elisabeth in heels

The princess combined her Natan clutch with striking blue shoes from the designer Gianvito Rossi. She seemed quite comfortable in these high heels!

Floral Maje dress

Another brand the princess likes to wear is Maje. The French ready-to-wear clothing line includes this black midi dress with embroidered flowers and a red belt.

Goofing around with her brother

She wore the striking dress on the Belgian national holiday in 2018, where she was also seen joking around with her brother Gabriël.

Jumpsuit

Elisabeth's red velvet jumpsuit caught all the attention of international royalty and fashion watchers during the annual Christmas concert in December 2019.

Accessories and makeup

The princess, who generally uses very modest makeup, wore bright red lipstick and a set of starry earrings to match her velvet jumpsuit.

The same dress as Pippa Middleton

When her grandmother Paola turned 80, Elisabeth wore a blue summer dress that is also part of Pippa Middleton's wardrobe! The younger sister of Kate Middleton wore this 'Rafina poplin shirt dress' by Maje during her honeymoon in Australia in 2017, according to Hello! magazine.

Colourful on the skis

Like many European aristocrats, the Belgian royal family loves to ski. During their holiday in Verbier, Switzerland, in 2016, Elisabeth sported a bright pink ski jacket with white trousers.

Chiffon blouse

Elisabeth tends to choose white, whether it's on official occasions or during her free time with the family. She wore jeans and a white blouse with chiffon sleeves for a walk in the hills in Bouillon, Belgium.

Khaki and white

And how about this set for a bike trip with (among others) her brother Gabriël? She combined her loose khaki green chinos with a white top that is both sporty and elegant.

School days

Pictured on their first day back in high school, Princess Elisabeth (15) and Prince Gabriël (14) wore comfortable and warm autumn clothing. Her patterned knitted cardigan was perfect for September weather in Brussels: if the sun came through in the afternoon, she could simply take it off.

Christmas

For Christmas 2019, Elisabeth shone in this long zig zag dress by Ba&Sh. Not everyone was enchanted by the outfit though: the Belgian magazine TV-Familie said it was "everything but elegant". Yet, this example also shows how rare it is for the media to criticize the princess's outfits. She is generally praised by fashion watchers, and Vogue even lists her among the world's most stylish royals.

Casual

Whether it's a casual pair of jeans or a fancy designer dress, Princess Elisabeth always manages to surprise us.

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20 years and ready to follow in her father's footsteps

More and more, she's drawing the spotlights away from her father, King Philippe, and proving herself to be an excellent heir to the Belgian throne.

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