“She is addressed by her family name, like all other pupils. That is ‘van België’ (“of Belgium”) because she is in a Dutch-speaking platoon. Her fellow pupils have also integrated her in the group very well. I do not think anyone realises on a daily basis that there is a princess in their platoon.”
However, a bodyguard is always present, but they “blend in very well with the decor,” said Vanhavermaet, who is convinced that a large number of participants do not know that the guards are there.
Prinses Elisabeth en haar medestudenten startten op 2 september met de militaire initiatiefase in het Kamp #Elsenborn te Bütgenbach. Het is een belangrijk onderdeel van haar opleiding (1ste jaar) Sociale en Militaire Wetenschappen aan de @kms_erm_rm.@BelgiumDefencepic.twitter.com/9yWQUTgXKj
Due to the coronavirus, this is not an ordinary school year, as the different platoons are separated from each other by a colour code (the princess is in the blue platoon) and are not allowed to come into contact with each other.
Additionally, face masks must be worn all day, except when eating or exercising.
The camp lasts four weeks, and if Elisabeth passes she will receive her blue beret from the Royal Military Academy during a ceremony on 25 September in the presence of her parents.