Princess Elisabeth surprised members of the press on Tuesday after she arrived in Kenya alongside her mother, Queen Mathilde, in a trip which constitutes the Belgian royal’s first official visit abroad.
Landed in the country on Monday evening, Princess Elisabeth joined the queen in a UNICEF mission in Kenya.
The decision for the princess to take part in the mission was taken belatedly and was not part of the original agenda.
At 17, the trip to Kenya is the first official abroad trip for the heir to the Belgian throne.
“Taking part in social projects is perfectly in line with the education she is currently following in Wales,” a statement by the Royal Palace said.
Mother and daughter are set to remain in Kenya for three days. The mission will start off on Tuesday with a visit to a refugee camp and will come to a close on Thursday with a meeting with the local Maasai people.