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King Willem-Alexander and Family Hold Annual Summer Photo Call

On 8 June, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his family held their annual summer photo call at their residence, Villa Eikenhorst in Wassenaar, Netherlands.

Queen Máxima45, has been suffering from a minor concussion after she fell last Friday in Wassenaar. It was not certain if Her Majesty would attend the photo session, as she was told to take it easy after her fall. However, the always smiling Latina posed for photos alongside her family, and their two labradors, for the awaiting press.

The Princess of Orange, 12, posed with her parents and siblings – 11-year-old Princess Alexia and 9-year-old Princess Ariane – on crutches. The young heir had her right foot wrapped, reportedly due to a sprained ankle. This injury comes after her sister, Alexia, broke her right leg during the family skiing holiday in Lech, Austria, in February of this year.

The Dutch royal family poses twice a year for official photo calls. They pose in the summer, and again on their annual skiing trip in the winter, in accordance with the media code. This was established in 2005, as part of an agreement with the press regarding photographing the royal family. The press has agreed to not photograph the royal family outside of official events. In return, the royal family poses for two photo calls per year.

King Willem-Alexander, 49, took the throne on 30 April 2013, after the abdication of his mother, Queen (now Princess) Beatrix. He is the first male monarch of the Netherlands in 123 years, and at the time of his accession, he was the youngest monarch in Europe. Currently, he’s the second youngest monarch, after King Felipe VI of Spain. He married Argentine-born Máxima Zorreguieta on 2 February 2002. Their first child, Catharina-Amalia was born in December of 2003. Alexia followed in June of 2005 and Ariane in April of 2007. 

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