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Prince Gabriel of Belgium
(French: Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie
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: Gabriël Boudewijn Karel Maria
; born 20 August 2003) is the second child and eldest son of Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, the heir apparent to the throne of Belgium, and his wife Princess Mathilde. His first name was chosen, his parents said, because of its symbolism, being prominent in the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religions. He is a grandson of Albert II, King of the Belgians
Albert II is the current reigning King of the Belgians, a constitutional monarch. He is a member of the royal house "of Belgium"; formerly this house was named Saxe-Coburg-Gotha...
Act of succession
He was born 20 August 2003, in Anderlecht
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, near Brussels
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. Twelve years before, a new act of succession was put into effect which created the possibility for his sister, Princess Elisabeth
, to become Queen of the Belgians. Therefore it seems very unlikely that he will one day become King of the Belgians. In addition to his elder sister Elisabeth, Gabriel also has a younger brother, Prince Emmanuel
, and a younger sister, Princess Eléonore
His godparents are Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg and his maternal uncle Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz.
- Gabriel – Continues the tradition of El-/-el names in the family, and as previously mentioned, because of its religious symbolism..
- Baudouin is for his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium.
- Charles is for his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz
- Marie is for the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.
Dr. Gustaaf Janssens, Archivist of the Royal Palace, confirms that HRH Prince Gabriel's coat of arms as a Prince of Belgium consists of his grandfather The King's coat of arms with a gold/yellow label of three points, minus the sceptres and Grand Collar of the Order of Leopold and the helm facing to the left [heraldic dexter].