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Princess Elisabeth finishes her military training climbing the rocks where her great great grandfather met his death

Crown Princess Elisabeth (19) has finished her training as a student at the Royal Military School at a place of particular significance in the history of the Belgian royal family. Together with the other members of her class our country’s future Head of State climbed the rocks at Marche-les-Dames. 

It was there in 1934 that the then King of the Belgians King Albert I fell to his death. The Royal Palace says that the fact that the Crown Princess climbed the rocks at the end of her course is nothing more than a coincidence and that we shouldn’t read any more into it. 

 

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As a cadet at the Royal Military School Princess Elisabeth took part in the military parade to mark Belgium’s national day on 21 July. Earlier this week she completed her training with a final three-day course at the Commando Training Centre in Marche-les-Dames. 

There the cadets take part in various adventurous activities including scaling the rocks of the cliff face where Albert I fell to his death 87 years ago.

Princess Elisabeth leaves the Royal Military School with a glowing report.

The school’s Colonel Van Avermaet told VRT News that “Princess Elisabeth has done well at all levels, both militarily and academically and also in the fields of sport and her character. She passed the course with flying colours. Elisabeth is a student that we were glad to have. She was well integrated in the group and wasn’t noticed, which is a compliment". 

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