Elisabeth, heir to Belgian throne, to join military school

FILE - In this photo taken on Thursday, July 11, 2019, King Philippe of Belgium, left, and Belgium's Princess Elisabeth visit the King's office for th...
FILE - In this photo taken on Saturday, July 21, 2018, Crown Princess Elisabeth, right, and Belgian Prince Gabriel stand in the royal stand as they wa...
FILE - In this photo taken on Saturday, May 4, 2019, Belgium's King Philippe, center, the Queen Mathilde, center, and Crown Princess Elisabeth of Belg...

FILE - In this photo taken on Thursday, July 11, 2019, King Philippe of Belgium, left, and Belgium's Princess Elisabeth visit the King's office for th...

FILE - In this photo taken on Saturday, July 21, 2018, Crown Princess Elisabeth, right, and Belgian Prince Gabriel stand in the royal stand as they wa...

FILE - In this photo taken on Saturday, May 4, 2019, Belgium's King Philippe, center, the Queen Mathilde, center, and Crown Princess Elisabeth of Belg...

BRUSSELS (AP) — Princess Elisabeth, the heir to the Belgian throne, is signing up to do a year in military school to help her prepare for her royal duties.

The palace announced Wednesday that the princess, 18, will enter the Royal Military School in central Brussels for a one-year course in social and military sciences. Her father, King Philippe, also attended the school.

“She joins a long tradition within the royal family,” the statement said.

She is set to graduate from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales at the end of the month.