Prince Emmanuel of Belgium heads back to the Eureka school

Like most children in Belgium, Prince Emmanuel headed back to school for the September start this week. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde's younger son was accompanied by his father as the duo was pictured arriving at the institution on Thursday morning (Sept. 1).

For the past couple of years Emmanuel has been attending the Eureka school in Kessel-Lo, Leuven – a school that specialises in teaching children with learning disabilities, located just 20 kilometres away from Brussels.

The ten-year-old prince, who reportedly has dyslexia, arrived in good spirits and looked more than ready for his first day.


Prince Emmanuel holding his father's, King Philippe, hand
Prince Emmanuel arrived for his first day of school with his dad King Philippe

Emmanuel was pictured walking up to the school gates hand-in-hand with his dad Philippe, dragging a small suitcase. A few protection officers followed closely behind.

According to the school's website, Eureka Education is "a non-profit organisation with a social purpose" that gives new opportunities to gifted students with learning disabilities. Children are aged between seven and 14 years old.

Prince Emmanuel walking to school with his dad
The prince attends the Eureka school for children with learning disabilities

Extra courses are held during the Easter and summer holidays, as well as after-school tutoring.

Children normally stay in the school for one to two years before going back to a mainstream school. Emmanuel used to attend the Sint-Jan Berchmans College in Brussels, the school his three siblings also attend, but in 2012 it was announced that he was moving to the special Eureka school.

The Belgian royals set off for school on Thursday

Emmanuel is the third child of King Philippe, 56, and Queen Mathilde, 43. The prince has two older siblings Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel and a younger sister Princess Eléonore.

The Belgian royal family shared a video online, showing the four children on the steps of the palace, ready to set off for school.

The family-of-six have just spent the summer in Belgium, although the king and queen spent some time in Rio for the Olympics. Their most recent engagement as a family took place in July, when Philippe, Mathilde and their four children watched the military parade in Brussels to celebrate Belgium's national day.

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