Members of the Dutch Royal Family have held their first of two photo sessions this year in the Alps in Lech, Austria. Over 50 photographers and reporters travelled to the ski resort for the annual event.
Unlike last year, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Princess Amalia (The Princess of Orange), Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane were joined by their grandmother, Princess Beatrix; uncle, Prince Constantijn; aunt, Princess Laurentien; and cousins, Countesses Eloise and Leonore and Count Claus-Casimir.
The family seemed to have fun posing together in the beautiful, sunny weather with the King and his only nephew deciding to photobomb the ladies posing for the pictures, resulting in laughter from all those involved.
Princess Beatrix, the former Queen of the Netherlands, was happy to pose with her grandchildren who were present. The King suggested that his mother take a photo with her grandchildren, but the Princess stuttered knowing that two of her granddaughters were missing. His Majesty then corrected himself saying, “The grandchildren present.”
Countess Luana and Countess Zaria, the children of the late Prince Friso and his wife, Princess Mabel, were not present as their schooling started back up in the UK after a short break. Lech does not hold the fondest memories for the family, as Prince Friso was buried under an avalanche in 2012 and succumbed to his injuries a year and a half later in August 2013.
The King and Queen with their three daughters, Amalia (15), Princess Ariane (11), and Princess Alexia (13). © RVD, photo: Patrick van KatwijkThe Dutch Royal Family pose twice a year – once in winter and another in the summer – for photographers in exchange for the press leaving the family alone when on their private time the rest of the year.