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Princess Ariane of the Netherlands breaks wrist while ice skating

Princess Ariane of the Netherlands broke her left wrist while ice skating last Sunday, the Government Information Service (RVD) has announced. The break was discovered this morning after going to hospital.

Ariane, the youngest of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s three daughters, will be in a cast for roughly three weeks.

She will travel to Lech, Austria, with her family at the end of the month for their winter holiday. The ten-year-old Princess’s doctor has said that she will “probably be able to ski,” explained the RVD. Their annual winter photo session will take place on 26 February in the Austrian ski resort town.

The Princess attends the public primary school Bloemcampschool in Wassenaar, Netherlands.

Her Royal Highness has been admitted to the hospital in previous years for illness. Back on 2 May 2007, Ariane was admitted to the Leiden University Medical Centre for a suspected lung infection after her parents noticed a high fever. At the time, she was less than a month old as she had been born on 10 April. Princess Ariane stayed for three nights, one in intensive care, while receiving treatment.

Princess Ariane photographed last year. Copyright: RVD, Photographer: Erwin Olaf

Her second hospitalisation was on 8 October 2009; the then two-year-old was admitted for one night for a respiratory infection.

Ariane is not the first of the King and Queen’s children to suffer a broken bone. In the spring of 2016, the Princess of Orange, Catharina-Amalia (called Amalia for short) suffered a sprained ankle.

It was during the family’s skiing holiday in February 2016 that Princess Alexia broke her upper right leg. She was taken to hospital by helicopter and had surgery on the fractured bone. The accident occurred in the same area as the avalanche which resulted in eventually fatal injuries to her paternal uncle and godfather, Prince Friso, in February 2012.

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