The Dutch Royal Family is currently in Lech, Austria, on holiday. On 27 February, they held their annual winter photo session on the slopes in the Alps. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Princesses Catharina-Amalia (commonly just referred to as Amalia), Alexia, and Ariane.
The Dutch Royal Family holds two annual photo calls with the press each year, and in return, the media agrees to leave the family alone during their private time and holidays.
The King joked to the assembled media, “Fifty is the new thirty.” His Majesty will celebrate his 50th birthday on 27 April. He made the comment after they asked if he was still enjoying himself and skiing at his age.
The family posed for photographers for a 30-minute session yesterday. The family assembled this year was smaller than in years prior. Princess Beatrix, Princess Mabel and her daughters, and Prince Constantine and Princess Laurentien with their children were noticeably absent.
The A-Team, as Willem-Alexander and Máxima call their daughters, have become accomplished skiers as the years have gone on, with Amalia on her 12th year at the resort, and were seen enjoying themselves on the slopes with their parents.
The family regularly travels to Austria for a skiing holiday, but the skiing resort town has not always held good memories for the family. In the past few years, tragedy has impacted the family on their annual trip. In February 2012, Willem-Alexander’s younger brother, Prince Friso, was buried in an avalanche for 25 minutes while skiing in the town. He would fall into a coma and die in August 2013 from complications from the accident. Just last year, Princess Alexia broke her right leg while on the slopes and was flown by helicopter to a local hospital for surgery. In September, she was back in the hospital to have a plate and several screws removed, which were put in shortly after the accident to help the break heal properly.