Princess Elisabeth, 17 years old: First as a champion of Kenya, queen among the Maasai


No (or few) of respite for the crown princess Elisabeth of Belgium : when it is not in the country of Wales in the process of studying, educated since the start of September, 2018, at the Atlantic College (establishment of the network prestigious United World Colleges – UWC), the young duchess of Brabant continued his education royal. A few weeks after enjoying an Easter holiday to immerse themselves actively, with her father, king Philippe, in the daily life of the firemen of the barracks of the Heliport to Brussels, she flew to the end of the month of June for Kenya in the company of his mother, queen Mathilde of Belgium.


Honorary president of UNICEF Belgium and also ambassador of the sustainable development Goals (SDGS) of the united Nations, the queen had in its agenda a three-day mission on the spot, from 25 to 28 June 2019, focused on the rights of the child and the issue, priority, education. The palace did not release on the presence at his side his eldest daughter, a well-kept secret until the surprise appearance of the land in kenya.



They are so small and fragile…



At 17 years old, the princess Elizabeth, whose the student life remains the first priority fixed by its parents, which do not want to expose it prematurely to the issues royal, and who must spend the next year an international baccalaureate at Atlantic College, has participated in his first humanitarian mission. Since Nairobi, the capital, the mother and daughter made their way, aboard a plane chartered by the UN, in the huge Kakuma refugee camp, in the village of Kalobeyei in the north of the country, where live more than 200 000 people of which 110 000 miners, among which 10 000 are insulated, they arrive on the site, without any family, as highlighted by the magazine Point of view in the report that he devotes to this visit.


Sitting cross-legged, just as the queen Mathilde, a simple tarp extended to the floor in a nursery, the princess Elizabeth, played with gently and easily with the children in the nursery, around, wooden toys, books, puzzles, or stuffed animals. Installed each at a desk in the classroom of the primary school, they have been able to attend a course. Moments simple, but so striking : “They are so small and fragile, observed the teenager in the few confidences she made to the press, but have already experienced so much trauma. Meeting with girls my age and I was also much moved. They lead a life so difficult and have known so many complicated situations. However, they do not lose courage and have shown a lot of perseverance.” Mission accomplished for her mother Mathilde, who has declared to the belgian newspaper The Evening : “It is useful that it can be aware of what’s happening here and what young people his age sometimes have to endure. All of my children [in addition to Elisabeth : prince Gabriel (15 years), prince Emmanuel (13 years old) and princess Eleonore (11), editor’s NOTE] will have the opportunity to have a similar experience.


“One who is blessed” and “the first born” in queens maasai


Back to Nairobi, Mathilde and Elisabeth of Belgium made the following day of other meetings in the district of Dagoretti, in the outskirts west of the capital, where they visited a centre for child protection, which uses the arts therapy. Strong Image of their passage, the young belgian princess took him in her arms a baby, with lots of sweetness. Then, in the eastern suburbs, they went to the football Academy Akakoro, where they have spoiled the young footeux with jerseys of the belgian national team. Queen Matilda, 46 years, has even caused a sensation by typing in the balloon with them !


For their third and last day in Kenya, mother and daughter have finally been greeted by the Maasai in the county of Kajiado, south of Nairobi, who were decked out in capes and crowns colorful. Namayiana (“one who is blessed”) and Nasieku (“the first born”), as they have been baptized, have attended courses at the primary school He Bissil and have discussed it at length with the local population and in particular young women, from which UNICEF is undertaking long-term measures concerning early marriages, and female circumcision.


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