Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium has asked the government to name his sister, Princess Astrid, to succeed him as leader of Belgian's trade missions.
Philippe will succeed his father, King Albert II, as King of the Belgians, when Albert abdicates his throne, on Sunday, July 21. Philippe will be installed as Belgium's seventh sovereign. July 21 is Belgium's National Day.
Leading the trade missions has been the purview of the heir to the throne, but soon-to-be Duchess of Brabant -- Princess Elisabeth -- is only 11-years-old.